I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. John 15:5
“Now, as we remain connected to Jesus through prayerful reliance on His Spirit, we have direct access to the spiritual nourishment that will produce the sweetest fruit of all, love.” Lisa Samra
Some days I’m so caught up at being effective, when someone interrupts my day, I find it annoying. Me… a pastor. It’s almost comical when I think about it because my whole job is to be there for others. To love and serve them…
Yet, some days, I utterly fail at doing so. Some days, I want to close the door and not let anyone in. Some days, I want to scream, “I have important work to do! Don’t knock unless you’re on fire. And if you are on fire, go find water because I’m busy!” Now, I don’t do that because that would be improper, but some days I am not the child of God or the Christian brother I should be. I’m not of the character I’m called to be.
In those moments, I would argue its because I want to produce much fruit. I want to do something productive for the kingdom. In the foolishness, I have forgotten what is a greater fruit. I have forgotten love.
What kind of fruit is Jesus looking for here? Is he looking for another Facebook post? Is he looking for a stellar document that explains the meaning of life? Or he is looking for a fruit that would transform me and the people around me to better reflect his glory to the world? I think the answer is obvious.
In my pursuit for lesser glory, I am not just stagnant in the greater glory, I’m walking backwards! I’m not just not loving. I’m actively annoyed, even angry at the interruption in my life. How foolish can one man be? Apparently foolish enough to mistake a good fruit to be better than the best fruit.
Jesus is looking to transform my life by spending time with me and I want to kick him out to solely focus on the task at hand. Let us not grow so busy that our hearts grow cold. Let us be continue to pursue the greatest fruit that we can exhibit to our families and our community that might change a generation: Love. Love for Jesus and Love for our neighbor.
Prayer of the day: “Jesus, thank You for creating good fruit in my life as I remain connected to You. May Your life flow through me to produce an even greater harvest of love in my life.”
Parkland Community Church:
We Exist to Develop People Who Love Jesus and Serve Others.