Happy Thursday! Another good one for you today!
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🏡 A helpful way to think about Jesus’ invitation
🤔 Reflect: Are you homesick?
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see if you know what words go in the blanks
I __ ___ ____; you ___ ___ ________.
Whoever ______ __ __ ___ _ __ ___, __ __ __ that bears ____ _____, for apart ____ __ ___ ___ do _______.
(Answer key below. You can also use our free web app to memorize in your favorite translation. Set up instructions are linked at the bottom of this email.)
Abide, abode and electricity 🌿 🏡 🔌
And we know that fruit only comes from abiding in the vine (Jesus).
“As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (v4)
“…Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (v5)
So what does it mean to abide?
The Greek word translated ‘abide’ or ‘remain’ is menō.
Abide is where we get the more modern word ‘abode,’ which is a house or dwelling place.
For those of us who generally had a good “home” growing up, this can be a helpful way to think about Jesus’ invitation.
Consider some of the ways we use the word “home” today:
We describe being comfortable and at ease by saying, “ah, it feels like home”
“Make yourself at home”
“Home is where the heart is” and “there’s no place like home”
“Home teams” have a psychological advantage in sports
We feel at home in His presence
We experience nourishment, life, and peace
We draw on His power and do His will
When we’re not abiding in Jesus:
Our hearts are always trying to find a home - a place where we’re fully known and fully loved. Where we’re significant and have a purpose.
As St. Augustine of Hippo said:
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
And even as disciples of Jesus, our hearts sometimes forget that there is only one home, one vine that can offer us the life we need.
And we end up settling, finding our home in:
Our spouse or children
Our bank account
Our status or reputation
But before we can get back home and connect to Jesus, we need to know where we’ve gone.
What is preventing you from finding your home in Jesus’ presence? Busyness? Not feeling like you deserve it? Fear?
What are you trusting most to give you life and significance on a daily basis?
Lord, I am sorry for seeking nourishment and life from anything that is not You. I want to come back home to you.
Thank you for always welcoming me home with open arms. Help me stay connected to you today. 🙏
Note: Tomorrow, we’ll share specific, practical ways you can stay connected to Jesus.
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I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
Have a blessed Thursday ✌️
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