by Joe Alain

Bearing Fruit, Honoring God
Joe Alain
John 15:1-8

Here are some things that their mothers might have said:
''David! I told you not to play in the house with that sling! Go practice your harp. We pay good money for those lessons.''
''Cain! Get off your brother! You're going to kill him some day!''
''Noah! No, you can't keep them! How many times do I have to tell you, don't bring home any more strays.''
''Gideon! Have you been hiding in that winepress again? Look at your clothes.''
''James and John! No more burping contests at the dinner table, please. People are going to call you the sons of thunder.''
''Judas! Have you been in my purse again?''
''Jesus! Be careful with those tools; you don't want to put a nail through your finger.''

Here are some things that God says about our relationship with Him: Read John 15:1-8.
John 15:1-8 deals with the intimate relationship that believers share with Christ. We as God's branches are vitally connected to Christ. As a result, we draw our life from Christ - without Him we can do nothing. But in an abiding relationship with Jesus, we bear much fruit. This life-connection that allows us to bear much fruit brings glory to God our Father.

All of us are not mothers, but all of us share a deep connection with our mothers who birthed us into this world and who nurtured us as only a mother can do. That nurturing process began in our mother's womb. The wonder of God's doing is expressed by the Psalmist ''For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place . . .'' (Ps. 139:13-15a).

This intimate and deep connection with our mothers is the kind of intimate and deep connection that we have with Christ, who is our creator, redeemer, and sustainer. Through the Holy Spirit we are birthed into the kingdom of God and we ar ...

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