Thursday, June 23, 2011

John 15:4 Remain In Me, And I Will 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 A Man Remains In Me And I In Him, He Will Bear Much Fruit; Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing.

In our pain we are helpless. In our pain apart from God we are unproductive. Even in our pain our Lord wants us to produce good fruit for Him. But isn't this a form of torture? Isn't the Lord administering a form of torture on us to expect us to produce even in our pain? No! We must glorify God at all times and in all things. In our human mind in our human ways we do not always understand what God requires of us. How could God require us to produce for Him even when we are broken and defeated by our pain? God wants our best at our worst. God wants us to pour out, not excuses from our life, but productivity to glorify Him. Productivity glorifying God in our pain is one of our most precious gifts to God. On the day we stand before Him, He will measure our life as no one else can measure us. God will know when we struggled to serve Him. He will know when we suffered to do His work. When we suffer to do His work, the Lord will look at us, bless us, and say to us, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Look at this new mansion and new kingdom I have for you my good and faithful servant. Look at this new land of dreams where all you have ever dreamed about comes true for you in godly ways."

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