12/27/10 Dose

FOR MONDAY      TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:  John 15:12-17

“You did not choose me but I chose you.  And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.  I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another” (John 15:16-17; The New Revised Standard Version)

 

“I can’t hear what you are saying because of what you are doing (or not doing)!”

This could be the complaint of a number of people whose path we cross today if we do not “go and bear fruit.”

 

Jesus, here, suggest a close connection between effective witness (fruit-bearing) and mutual love.  Without love in our heart, the fruit of God’s Spirit will not be seen.

 

To bear fruit, a tree must have good roots.  This might be why Peterson translates verse 17 in this way — “Remember the root command:  Love one another” (The Message).

 

Prayer:  Help me to grow more in love with others, Lord, that I might be an effective witness for you.  Amen.

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