14 day plan

God in the Ordinary, Everyday Life

Day 1 of 14

GNT

John 15:5

5“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.

How many times have you wondered: “Where is God?” The great news is that he reveals himself in our ordinary, every day lives. We are just very good at missing him. 

Today we begin a new series, God in the Ordinary, Everyday Life, with Samantha Freestone .  Samantha is Sydney based, married with kids, and has a podcast called SomeAnswers, which are fortnightly, hour-long interviews with Christians from around Australia and worldwide. These interviews are a non-threatening medium for anyone to listen to a ‘regular Christian’s’ unique story in an approachable, guided conversation. In the interviews the listeners hear how the gospel captivates,
changes and motivates Christians, and always finishes with the trademark question: “Why the heck do you believe in Jesus?”

Reflection:  Last year we bought a tomato plant. I wanted to buy the plant with the tomatoes on it already, because I don’t have a green thumb, I didn’t think we would be able to keep this plant alive and if we did manage to keep it alive, it would take ages to produce any fruit. Every day I watched this plant and finally we saw one green bulb growing out of a flower. “Kids, we have a tomato,” I exclaimed. Little did I realise, that it would take a few more weeks before that tomato turned red. Thankfully we weren’t relying
on this fruit, because it took a long time to ripen.  It did make me think about my life, though. I am always in a hurry for God to use me, and when opportunities pass me by, I exclaim “But God, I was ready!” In truth I probably was a little bulb; a disgruntled little bulb. As time passes, I feel panicked because I should be doing more, or I compare my life to someone else’s. I get frustrated with God and exclaim, “God, use me! I would be so good right now”. The truth is, I’m probably just green – with envy – and actually not good at all. I realise that sometimes, fruit takes a while to ripen and I have to be ok with that.

Question: Are you good at being patient and trusting in God’s timing?

Prayer:  Our Loving Father, help us to remember that your timing is perfect and good.  Sorry when we doubt your goodness and sovereignty.  Amen

We are reading the Bible with Samantha Freestone until 10th March.

John 15:1-27

Jesus the Real Vine

1“I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit. 3You have been made clean already by the teaching I have given you. 4Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5“I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me. 6Those who do not remain in me are thrown out like a branch and dry up; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, where they are burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it. 8My Father's glory is shown by your bearing much fruit; and in this way you become my disciples. 9I love you just as the Father loves me; remain in my love. 10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.

11“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. 13The greatest love you can have for your friends is to give your life for them. 14And you are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants any longer, because servants do not know what their master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind of fruit that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name. 17This, then, is what I command you: love one another.

The World's Hatred

18“If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it; that is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘Slaves are not greater than their master.’ If people persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours too. 21But they will do all this to you because you are mine; for they do not know the one who sent me. 22They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not come and spoken to them; as it is, they no longer have any excuse for their sin. 23Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not done among them the things that no one else ever did; as it is, they have seen what I did, and they hate both me and my Father. 25 This, however, was bound to happen so that what is written in their Law may come true: ‘They hated me for no reason at all.’

26“The Helper will come—the Spirit, who reveals the truth about God and who comes from the Father. I will send him to you from the Father, and he will speak about me. 27And you, too, will speak about me, because you have been with me from the very beginning.