Wednesday, April 13, 2011

John 15

Jesus has given us a roadmap for life in this chapter of John. If we stay in relationship with God through prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship with other Christians, and worship, then we will be able to do amazing things that are only possible through God.

Sometimes we think that these “amazing things” need to be lofty, far-reaching acheivments. This is not true. If God helps you accomplish anything that you normally cannot do on your own then it is an amazing thing. If you need help to love your spouse through a tough time in your marriage when you aren’t feeling the passion and you are able to do it, then God has helped you do an amazing thing. If I, as a mom, can get through the day without raising my voice, then God has helped me to do an amazing thing.

Yes, there will be times when the things God helps you do will be bigger in the world’s eyes than the things mentioned above, but God is there with us at all times, just a prayer away, waiting to give us his strength, patience, love, and committment when we need them. Jesus also reminds us today that we are not always going to be loved or appreciated for what we are called to do as Christians. That is okay. We can take comfort in the knowledge that Jesus was not always loved or appreciated either (just a slight understatement!)

As Christians, nurtured by Christ through the Holy Spirit, we know life will not always be easy. But we know we will never be left alone. God will always be with us in what he calls us to do, giving us what we need to be able to do it through him. Where is God at work in your life helping you make changes and choices that lead to amazing things?

Father God, thank you for helping us accomplish amazing things - from tasks or problems that are only big to us, to tackleing issues that effect the whole world. We ask that you would help us start every day asking for your strength and peace to complete the tasks you set before us. Help us to know you are with us and we don’t have to ‘do’ life on our own. Amen.