“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” -John 15:8

Spiritual formation looks like this: Doing life with Jesus.

It’s not about learning a set of rules, even though that can be part of it. It’s not about all of the rituals. It is about being friends with Jesus, living with him, dwelling with him in the good times and the bad. It’s about always living in his love, his favor, his goodness.

And the longer we’re there, the thicker our branches will get. The longer we’re there, the more fruit we will bear, and it will be good fruit. The longer we’re there, the more resistant we will be to weather, to cold, and to darkness. And, in the end, we will bear fruit in our season. Isn’t that good news?

Let’s abide in his vine. Let’s ask Jesus to transform us and renew us. Let’s go to him when we get thirsty. But even more than that, let’s become rooted in his rich soil so that we become the fruit-bearing believers he designed us to be.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I want to do my life with you. When I am thirsty, you satiate me. I am rooted in your ways. Amen.

REFLECTION: How are you rooted in Christ?

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