1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
5 “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.
7 “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Fatherʼs glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Fatherʼs commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:1,5,7-11 NIV.
If I’m honest with myself, applying these verses have not always been easy. I have found myself trying to be my own source of strength.
Every time I thought I was in control, I fell flat on my face. In some cases frustrated with myself, and other cases upset with God. I became disappointed that He didn’t come through for me as I had hoped. In my heart, I was saying – “How could you let this happen to me? Where were you? Why???” The more I was asking God these questions, I found myself feeling more disconnected, instead of resting in His peaceful presence. I was so clouded by disappointment, that my spiritual vision wasn’t clear.
Life comes at us in unexpected ways. I have found, that in my quiet moments, is where my are strength becomes renewed. Whether is was lying in a puddles of tears, sitting still in my quiet place or having a shout match with myself – God has been faithful to meet me in those moments and grant me His peace that surpasses all understanding. Does that mean He gave me answers? Not always. Sometimes my understanding was – I don’t need to have all the answers.
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 NLT
We have Gods word for direction. We need to take scripture, and meditate on them. Repeat them over and over again; until it sinks into the heart and soul.
Jesus says apart from Him we can do nothing. If we are constantly relying on our own understanding, we will continue in a whirlwind of confused emotions. In all things we need Christ Jesus to be the one who is guiding us, instead of our own heart. Jesus is calling us to know Him. He is calling us to trust Him. If we truly trust Him – when the storms of life hit, we will know what to do. We must learn to REST IN HIM! There is no better peace that we can receive apart from Christ. All it takes is falling on our knees and calling out to Him. He’s faithful to show up. Be still. In all seasons of life allow Jesus to be the one that you turn to for rest. Let His joy be in you, so that you can be made COMPLETE. Not perfect, but complete in Christ Jesus’ love.
May you come to know Christ, and learn to have His joy in you. Is it always gonna be easy? Absolutely NOT! There will be days that the joy will come so naturally, and there will be days that we are begging God for help. Living joyfully is a choice. We can not always control what happens in our life, but we can control how we respond to circumstances of life. Lets learn to live joyfully as we allow Christ to lead our life. Some things can be hard for us to carry, but if we give Jesus our burdens. He will gladly take it from us, and give us His strength to persevere.
Rest in Him my friend,