Thursday, December 8, 2022
“Remain in Me”
This scripture passage is famously known as the Vine and Branches metaphor. Jesus compares himself to a vine and his followers to branches, which God is a gardener that prunes away what does not bear fruit. Rather than focus on the vine and the branches, however, we are to focus here on the repeated statement “remain in me.”
One of the aspects of Advent is expectation; one can internalize that into a renewal of one’s spiritual life. Notice that in this scripture passage (John 15:1-8), the statement “remain in me” is made three times. First, Jesus assures the believer that they are already clean because of the words that he has spoken to them. The second time that he states, “remain in me,” he reminds his followers that a person can’t bear fruit unless they remain in Jesus. The third time the statement, “remain in me,” is spoken, there is a condition: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you wish…”
It is easy for us to get caught up in our daily struggles, our busy lives, and even in the holiday hustle and bustle. However, advent is a good time to slow down, breathe, and pray. It is a good time to remember to center ourselves in Jesus. As he reminds us in this scripture passage, it is a good practice to remain with him. If we remain in Him, we can avoid withering away. If we remain in Him, we remain strong in our faith and can remain strong for others.
Prayer: Help us to remain in you, to bring glory to you, and to bear fruit. Amen.