I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Jesus Christ is the true vine; the Father is the vinedresser, and we are the branches. This is an apt analogy of our relationship with the Lord Jesus. How does this relationship affect us? What does our Father expect of us who are believers of Christ? How can we live up to His expectations?
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. (Eph 5:18,19)
It may be odd that the apostle Paul contrasts being drunk with wine to being filled with the Spirit. Perhaps one of the similarities between them is for seeking joy and comfort. In days of stress or gloom, people may have a drink to soothe or forget about their problems. However, it can be harmful when we are dependent on alcohol for our inner peace. Drunkenness leads to ruin. As believers in the living God, we can find joy, peace, and comfort by being filled with the Spirit.
It wasn’t going to be that kind of day.
I looked up at the sky and it was clouding over. I believed it was going to rain. Why was I hanging out my washing now? It could be a waste a time. I might hang it now and have to take it down in about half an hour’s time. The retired sister who was helping out in the church kitchen shouted, “No, it won’t rain. Even if it does, I can help you take your clothes in because I am cooking this afternoon.” And do you know what? She was right. It didn’t rain!
This obviously meant that she did not have to take down my washing. But it was her generous spirit that caught my attention. Continue reading