Beyond the blue

 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourself to be my disciples.  John 15:7-8

 

Do you see the flow?

Remain in Jesus… ask… given.

Father’s glory… fruit… disciples.

Earlier in this passage, Jesus clearly says that we will only bear fruit by remaining in Him, that we can do nothing apart from Him.  That’s a spiritual truth that’s so much easier to understand than it is to live out!

But the flow of this passage separates the remaining and the bearing with asking, receiving and Fathers’ glory.  God’s glory. He is glorified in the asking.  He is glorified in fruit bearing.

God’s glory — His shininess, His brightness, the brilliance of who He is comes forth more clearly when I ask Him “whatever I wish.”

Amazing.

Why don’t I ask more?

When the sky’s the limit, it’s hard to know where to start.

First, I want to know Jesus more.  The remaining, abiding, staying He speaks of… it often alludes me.  In the quiet of the morning, when my thoughts are accompanied by the tick of the wall clock and the hum of the frig, even then, it’s work to keep my mind and my heart fixed on Him.  I wander.

Then, when the day becomes crowded with grocery lists, laundry, and algebra, how do I then really remain in Him?  Short words and judgmental attitudes crowd Him out.

Second, I want to ask for more — fruit. Because, it seems that the fruit I bear is what points others to Jesus.  The fruit I bear is my marker that I belong to Him.  The fruit I bear comes to play in my relationships — not my bible knowledge or how many years I’ve been on the ‘payroll’ at Cru. The proof that I belong to Jesus resides in my love and joy and peace, my patience, kindness and goodness,  and my faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

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So, I’ll start here with my asking… Father, I want to know how to remain in Jesus.  I want you to be glorified in me and through me.  I want the fruitful life you promise to those who follow you… not just for me, but for my husband and my boys.  Show us, Father, what this life looks like.

It starts today.  Here in the quiet, teach me to “remain.”  I ask for it all, Father.  All the fruit that you are glorified to give, the sky and beyond.