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Daily Reading: 3rd August 2015

John 15.1 cont.

1 “I am the true vine and My Father is the gardener.

Everything about Jesus is true and genuine. There is no falsehood in Him. Throughout His life and ministry He showed Himself to be totally without any fault, there was never any hint of sin within Him.

Unlike the nation of Israel who had a history of forsaking God, Jesus demonstrated His absolute obedience to His Father.

Even at His trial His accusers were unable to find two witnesses who could agree about any accusations brought against Him. Therefore, they tried to get two false witnesses to testify against Him.

Since Jesus lives in all who receive Him as Lord and Saviour by His Spirit, we also live in the genuineness of who He is.

The true believer is the person who is also obedient to the Father, who also loves Him.

The world must be able to see that we are genuine followers of Jesus, by the way we act and through the words that we speak.

Jesus also said that His Father is the gardener

Perhaps it is true to say that gardening is the oldest occupation that there is, since God created Adam and Eve and gave them the Garden of Eden to look after.

Even when they were thrown out of the garden because of their sin, Adam was given the job of looking after the soil and living by the sweat of his brow.

It is the gardener who prepares the soil by breaking it up.

We need the hardness of the soil of our souls to be broken up, because they have become hardened with sin. The rocks of sin need to be cleared away in order for us to be ready to receive the word of God.

God does this for us through the work of the Holy Spirit.

The gardener feeds the soil, making it a good environment in which seeds and plants can grow and mature.

This is what God does for all who come to Him in repentance and faith.

Today let us allow our Father to make us into a garden that is able to produce His abundant harvest.

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