The tiny house movement is growing. These houses are usually around 600 sq ft. Some are built on wheels. A new generation is seeing the emptiness of owning a lot of stuff and being tied to large mortgages. Tired of living a complicated life, weighed down by “stuff”, they have decided to live simply and actually enjoy life. There is a peace in knowing how to live simply. Living with so much “stuff” has been proven to add stress and frustration instead of peace. Materialism and the collection of things don’t bring all the happiness people have wanted.
At the same time, many believers in Jesus are also looking for simplicity in knowing and walking with Him. Too many have made the Christian life so complicated! There are rules and regulations, complicated strategies, denominational territories to manage, and books and more books about how to do it all and have it all as a Christian. The simple message of Jesus Christ has been cluttered and confusing.
Amazingly this isn’t new. During Jesus’ time on earth, the religious leaders were also making the message of God’s love and forgiveness extremely complicated. But Jesus spoke profound yet simply to His followers. As the Son of God, He came to forgive their sins and give them life. He would be their source for simply living their lives on earth for Him. He told them, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser…you are the branches” John 15:1, 5. Pretty Simple.
God the Father is in charge and has a plan for the vineyard. Jesus is the source of life, and we who believe in Him have one purpose, to cling to the Vine, trust in the Vine. And He will produce the fruit in our lives – daily. We have made it so complicated that the world doesn’t see Jesus through us but they see us with a little Jesus sprinkled in. How do I stay connected to the Vine? I communicate with Him moment by moment during my day and through reading His Word. God’s Word gives me direction, comfort, conviction and purpose. I see Jesus producing fruit in my life as I stay connected to Him and what He has to say.
So this week’s blog is simple. Do you know Jesus personally? Do you spend time with Him daily in talking with Him and listening? Do you read His Word, thinking about it and memorizing it? Then expect Him to produce fruit in your life and thank Him for that fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, self-control, sharing of your faith with others. It is amazingly simple: Vinedresser.TrueVine.Branches
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5