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My Father is the Vinedresser

Thursday, February 9

“My Father is the vinedresser.” (John 15:1b)

Jesus refers to His Father as the “vinedresser.” In many passages in the Old Testament God is referred to as the vine grower. A vinedresser is a farmer or gardener who would trim back the branches promoting the health and growth of the vine. The Father trims the things in our lives that inhibit growth and health. He wants to ensure that our lives are fruitful as He transforms us into the likeness of His Son.

At times that might prove to be difficult and even painful. But the Father’s work is based in His love for us. He provides us all good gifts. Paul describes this work in 2 Timothy, as His word transforms us. This transformation cuts into us deeply.

Paul writes, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for 3instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16–17.) Or in Hebrews we read, “12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

For what purpose? “For every good work.” The Word of God is transformational. There we hear the voice of God, calling us into His light and out of the darkness, leaving no stone unturned.

Prayer for the Day: Almighty God, King of the Universe, Your Word is holy. Allow Your Word to become a spring flowing up within me. John tells us that Jesus is the Word, and all things were created by Him. Amazingly, He became flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus promised me the Holy Spirit. May the fruit of Your good gifts and the work of Your Holy Spirit produce fruit in my life, daily. And may that fruit shine Your light into my community, to my friends and family, and to my neighbors. May Your light shine through me to those You have put into my path this week and every day of my life. Use me to share Your goodness to a world trapped in darkness, so that others may come to a saving knowledge of the Jesus whom I have come to know as my Savior and Lord. I pray this in the name of the risen Lord, Jesus Christ. – Amen.

Personal Prayer: “Lord Jesus, You ask – “Who do you say that I am?” Lord, open my mind so I can understand who You are, and who I am in You.”

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