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Today’s Blog Contributor:
Cindi is an Ordained minister with the AG, pastoring alongside her husband, Tim, for over 30 years. They currently pastor Tri-County Christian Center in Deer Park, WA. Together they have 6 children, and 2 grandchildren. Cindi is also an Avon Lady, and Precinct Committee Officer for Steven’s County’s Republican Party. She believes in being a vital part of their community, making a difference where they live. Her passion is to minister to women, and she is the co-founder of Women of Worship, speaking and organizing retreats and conferences for women in the Northwest Region.
Cost of Discipleship
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
When we first accept Christ, and desire to live for Him, we surrender our lives to his plans and purposes to Him. We also receive eternal life and power as the Holy Spirit dwells within us. With this power comes the responsibility in salvation to remain in Christ. The Greek word meno means to remain, continue, abide or live. Just as the branch only has and produces life only as it remains in the vine, so it is with you and I, that we only have life as long of Christ’s life flows into us.
We remain in Christ by 1) keeping God’s Word continually in our hearts and minds and making it a guide for our actions, 2) maintaining our intimate personal times drawing close to the Lord every day, 3) obeying his commands to love one another and remain in Him, and 4) keeping our lives clean, resisting sin and yielding to the Spirit’s direction.
There are three important truths taught in this parable. The first is that there is a responsibility to remain in Christ as a disciple. Since He gave His life for us, how can we do anything less? Second, by us remaining in Christ, the result is fruitfulness…answered prayer…and joy unspeakable and full of glory! And lastly, the consequences of failure to remain in Christ are fruitlessness, and even removal from the vine and destruction.
Yes, there is a cost to discipleship. That cost is totally surrendering of our lives, being so connected to the vine that the fruit in our lives is abundant and sweet. And the reward of the pruning at times is to produce a huge harvest. Are you willing to pay the price?