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John 15:1-8 has two very simple messages for us. First, God cares for his people’s well being. Second, God’s people are to spend their time and energy in dedication to his word. These two ideas work together. There’s a lot that the Lord desires to accomplish in this world. He does it through his people, who are bound to him in faith. We are the branches. He is the root, the stem on which we depend. He is also the one who cares for the plant, trimming it, cutting off diseased or unproductive parts, nurturing growth and fruitfulness.
How does God nourish and trim his plant, his Church? He does it as we meditate on his word. It is through our receiving the words of God that we know his values, his desires, all about his image. That’s how we grow in grace. That’s how we are changed into his image.
When we dwell on the Lord and his word dwells in us, we find we are disciples who know and do his will. We find that our desires are transformed into his desires. We find that our attitude mirrors his attitude. And we see that he will do all that we need.
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