Monday, October 26, 2009

Remain in Me...

Remain in Me and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.

If a man remains in Me and I in him, He will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.

This is my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit... John 15:4-5,8

This is a passage of scripture that keeps coming to my heart and mind over and over the past few weeks... Almost every day I think about it and it keeps returning to my thoughts. It is almost like God is pressing the repeat button and the message continues to play and replay in my mind. I know it is a message that God is speaking to me.

"REMAIN... ABIDE... be CONNECTED to ME."

From this place of knowing Him and being connected to Him, I will bear fruit. Not just a little bit of fruit, but the word says MUCH fruit.

How I so desire to bring glory to the Lord through a life that bears MUCH fruit, and this scripture tells me how. I just need to REMAIN in HIM.
I don't need to work more, do more things, pray more, read my Bible more. So often I think I can accomplish things in my own efforts. I often think -if I can just do this more or that more, be more disciplined and check off more things on my "to do" list. This leaves me in frustration with myself so often when I cannot fulfull what I feel I should be doing.
This frustration is not from the Lord. He is not expecting me to fulfill such high expectations. He is not demanding more of me. He accepts me as I am, weaknesses and all. He looks at my heart that so wants to please Him. He respects my limits as a human being. He helps me in my struggles. He is loving and infinite in understanding. He desires RELATIONSHIP with me above all. I matter more to Him than anything I could ever DO for Him. This is truth.
Psalm 51 beautifully expresses God's heart to us.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it... the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart O God, you will not despise.
It is so good to know that my loving Father is looking at my HEART... He sees my heart and loves me in all my brokenness. He is not looking to see what sacrifices I am making. It is about my heart.
But yet I struggle on. I work on. Trying to be SUPER Laura! You can ask my husband Felipe. He often says to me, "Laura, you are just one person." Many times I have so many ideas and so much enthusiasm to DO! DO! DO! Yet, GOD is calling me FIRST to abide and be in relationship with Him and through that place of knowing Him, HE produces MUCH fruit in my life.
I want to be like the "tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought, and never fails to bear fruit." Jer. 17:8
I am praying for this revelation to become a reality in my life. I need His grace to LIVE in this beautiful place of REST and REMAINING in Him, so that HE will be glorified.

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