By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“”I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Jesus, in John chapter 15, says to abide in the “vine” to bear much fruit, as in love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22b-23a). In the original Greek, the word Jesus uses is “menno.” It means to make your home in something.
I remember back in the day when we were in the mountains, when we would be out in the snow. There is something wonderful about coming out of the snow and going into a warm cabin. Everything on you is cold and wet, and then you sit down by the fire. One of the best parts is taking off the wet socks. They don’t just come right off; they peel off, and it feels good. You lay that wet sock by the fire, then the other one, and you kick those freezing bare feet up near the crackling fire, and they start to thaw and dry. As you lean back in the chair, you are menno-ing. You are finding a home, a cabin in the snow, a warm, comfortable, happy place.
Jesus says to “do that in me.” Find a home in him. Find your place and peace with him. He wants to be your cabin in the woods. Do that and you will bear fruit.
Prayer: Lord, what a wonderful way of describing what you are to me. You’re my home. In you, I find welcome, love, comfort, warmth, happiness. You are my shelter in a storm. Amen.
Reflection: How is Jesus your “home”?