Some may remember the post I wrote in June, God Is Into New Things, based on a tree I saw in Bishan Park on one of my evening runs.
Well, since then, this tree has been my focus of attention each time I run past it, eager to see if more leaves would have sprouted. To my surprise, on my run this evening, the bare branches were all trimmed off, leaving only those with leaves!
Whilst the last message was one of hope and new beginnings, this is one of caution.
The words of Jesus came clearly to me, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away … If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:2 & 6
There is absolutely no doubt that God brings forth new things for the purpose of fruitfulness. And when God says it, He means it; and in His economy, everything needed to bring that to pass has already been provided for! The question is, Will we respond rightly that we may lay hold of that promise? Sadly, not everyone does. Perhaps, it’s apathy, or it’s presumption. Whatever it may be, the sad result is that nothing new emerges and that one remains barren and fruitless. In the end, the branch is cut down and cast out.
As believers of Jesus, we have every promise in Christ. The key is that we abide and remain in Him, as a branch needs to stay in the vine. Apart from the vine, the branch by itself can never be productive. Jesus says the same thing in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me, you can do nothing.”
Dear friends, where are you in your relationship with Jesus, the True Vine? Are you abiding in Him and drawing from Him? Or are you merely relying on your baptism certificate and church attendance? Are you fruitful for Jesus? Or barren?
Remember, God is into new things, and you are included in that promise that you may participate and be productive in His purposes. Don’t miss out!