Several weeks ago, I told the story about a man who was pulled over by a police officer. The man asked why, and the police officer said that he had seen the man utter some angry words at an intersection and pound on his steering wheel during a traffic stop. His face had flushed red with anger when he had to wait at a red light and, the police officer added, that he had a “Jesus Loves You” bumper sticker on his car. “So I pulled you over because I thought it was stolen,” the officer said.
Actions speak louder than words. What we do is just as important as what we say, which is exactly what Jesus tells the disciples in John 15. He says, “I am the vine, you are the branches ... My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples” (verses 5, 8). Jesus says that you prove yourself to be His disciple by your fruit. You show that you are part of Him - part of the vine - by the godly behaviour that comes out of your lives.
So are you producing good fruit today? Are you showing yourself to be Jesus’ disciple? If you are but would like to learn more, please join us this Sunday morning at 9:30 as we study John 15 together. Join us as we learn how to live as part of the vine. Do you pound your steering wheel at traffic stops? Does your face flush with anger when you have to wait at a red light? We have all had moments like that and, if you are wondering what to do about it, come over to 46024 Riverside Drive in Chilliwack. Bring your Bibles and a heart that longs to produce good fruit. See you there! – Jeremy Cagle