“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.… 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.” John 15:5,16 (niv)
Being a homemaker is challenging because nothing lasts. I can fold piles of clothes and when I turn around, a new pile of dirty laundry has appeared. Minutes after washing and drying the last dish and wiping down the kitchen counter, someone strolls into the kitchen looking for a snack. Perhaps because I’ve been a homemaker for many years, the phrase “fruit that will last” stirs a deep longing in me. When so much of my day centers around fleeting accomplishments, I’m all the more aware of how precious it is to invest my time and energy in efforts that have eternal value.
That’s why Jesus’ invitation means so much to me. First, He explained that if we remain in Him—a branch connected to the vine that holds and nourishes it—we will produce much fruit. In our culture of busy activity, this may not sound like an earth-shattering promise. We already feel like we produce much. However, Jesus goes further and promises that the fruit He brings through our lives will last.
Remaining in Him, we can reflect His love to others, encourage hearts to worship Him, share His grace with those who haven’t met Him yet—all blessings that will resonate into eternity. In fact, as He produces fruit in our lives, even the repetitive and ordinary tasks become part of the eternal purpose. Folding laundry is no longer a never-ending and futile task, but a way to model a servant heart. Writing reports at work is no longer busy work, but a place to practice diligence and build relationships.
Since we are grafted on to the vine of Jesus, everywhere we go, we bring Him to a hungry world needing His fruit.
FAITH STEP: What activities that are a necessary part of your life feel like they have no lasting value? Can you look for ways Jesus might use them for His kingdom?
Written by Sharon Hinck
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