God Pruning and Reading Scriptures correctly!
Big oops, pays to read your bible, I apparently had a whole scripture wrong… John 15….
For some reason I thought Jesus was saying that God (as in all parts together) was the vine… but Jesus was saying the He (Jesus) was the vine, His father (God) was the vine dresser, with strong but loving hands… I love that scripture, so how did I get it wrong? Geez….
I want to teach a youth group lesson with it, I thought instead of reading it, I would first re-listen to a great sermon about it… I even listened three times while I was writing it down, but not until the third time did I hear it right, oops… I must have heard it at least half a dozen times total lately, but I had it wrong in my head… ugh… And then I really had to look it up (I love my smartphone bible gateway)…yup…oh well, life is for learning, hmmm…. either way, the gist is the same… you need to cling to the vine, abide in the vine, and let your branch be pruned by God, to bear much fruit… this is only from being Jesus’ disciple….no wonder Jesus said if they have ears let then hear…still cleaning mine out, sorry about that Jesus…
I have been corrected a couple times today…. Mostly because my cup runneth over and so does my mouth… the first time today was at the bank… I was at the bank for a couple reasons…one to deposit checks and two to take a 10 minute power nap because I’m so exhausted from a trip, a busy blessed weekend, little sleep with this time change and now, I came down with a lovely cold… so, I rested my eyes listening to the vine service and woke up fifteen minutes later to the praises from the congregation… a praise of a car rolling over this woman’s daughter’s chest and no injuries…wow… The praise of the reduction of stage 4 cancer…wow… What a very powerful God we have! We should all listen to those stories!
SO the rest of the day I was taught to give into listening… the timing of God at the bank caused a woman to overhear my conversation about yoga, and ask me about it. I said I had a DVD in the car she could have, it was a copy…she was thrilled… So I was about to say that it was God’s timing but instead I spilled my hot tea on my hand…. So was that me being careless, yeah, but was that God saying shut your trap and listen to the lady first! Yeah was probably that too… I have learned it is so much more about others than about me… everything points to the fact that it is more important to listen than to talk… I guess I better start pruning my overflowing mouth… But I can still write! haha, God hasn’t pruned that (yet)… Please don’t prune that yet God, I still have so much to write… so so much to process…
The rest of the day fell into God’s timing, too, after the bank I ran into my writing friend who has studied the book of John in great detail, and I just listened to his vast knowledge. Then did building laps with my work brother who spoke of where to find spirituality and I just listened. Then two people having issues and I just listened… then the dentist where I had no choice but to listen with my mouth full of instruments.. and that’s all any of those people really needed today… a listener, not a talker…
SO, Jesus says “you did not choose me, I choose you”… choose me to listen, sometimes to talk.. but today, it was to listen… listen to the people and listen (really listen) to Jesus’ story…
Thanks for choosing and correcting me today, Jesus.
John 15 New International Version (NIV)
The Vine and the Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also 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.
5 “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. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.