Daily Easter Devotion Wednesday, April 30

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 – Psalm 147:1-11; Exodus 15:22-16:10; 1 Peter 2:1-10 and

May this portion of 1 Peter 2 be your call to worship, call to life this day.

1 Peter 2:1-10 – 4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Sit with those words for a while. Hear these words – living stone … chosen and precious in God’s sight (Jesus truly was and yes so are you precious in God’s sight) – like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house. Jesus is the corner stone and each of us is a building block within God’s spiritual house.

Come to Him this day.

Now hear the reading from the Gospel. In this one Jesus is the true vine, God the vinegrower and each of us branches off the main vine.

John 15:1-11 – 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”

Jesus doesn’t say; abide in me and I will abide in you no He says; “abide in me AS I abide in you.” Jesus does abide with us and this day invites us to abide in Him. He came that our joy, our life, might be complete.

Today, may you sense your connection unto Christ and how all the real juices of life flow from Him. Apart from Him we really can do nothing but united to Him we can do all that God the Father, the Vinegrower calls us to do.

Pruning is a necessary function for the Vinegrower and for the vine to produce an abundance of grapes. Part of the pruning process is giving up things that take life from us, thus making room for the new growth God wants to bring to us.

You are a vine, Jesus is the main trunk of the vines and God is the Vinegrower. Abide in the true vine as the true vine abides in you and gives you all the nutrients for abundant life.

O God, You are the Vinegrower, it is You who knows how to prune Your vineyard. Work Your miracle in my own life as I seek to abide in Christ, letting all Your juices of real life flow into me and even through me. Amen.

Psalm 147:1-11 – 1   Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. …
5   Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

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