Chosen by God to Do What I Cannot Do on My Own

November 29, 2018 | Didi Bacon

John 15 tells us that Jesus and his disciples were walking through a vineyard. Jesus used their location to teach a life-giving lesson. He said that in this life God is the vinedresser. God is the one responsible for making the vine productive. Jesus said I am the main vine, the thick main trunk with the deep roots that provides nutrients and life. He said my disciples are the branches connected to the vine. Jesus said the vinedresser wants the branches to produce fruit. Fruit in the life of the follower is a changed life because of God’s presence. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Things that are good and profitable. The characteristics of love described in 1st Corinthians chapter 13 verses 4 through 8 are a description of fruit that comes from Jesus. God works in our life to produce life change. He invites us to say “yes” to Him. Jesus said his disciples must remain in the main vine. To be available to Jesus. Jesus did not call the qualified. Jesus qualified the called. Jesus does not select us because of what we can do for Him. He selects us because we cannot do for Him. His way to life is to say “yes” to do what we cannot do on our own (John 6:29). To trust in Him. To live by faith. Jesus promised that if we remain with Him, if we make our day to day saying “yes” to Jesus. Living by His word and following His will produces life-changing fruit in us. The resurrection life power of Jesus releases in us. Washed. Regenerated. Renewed. Where do you need to say yes to God’s request to do something that cannot be done on your own?

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