What Jesus Did! 'Finding Where We Belong' — John 15:1

Sunday, October 2, 2022

[Jesus continued,] "I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener."
— John 15:1 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus' statement is radical. The vine was a symbol of Israel. [1] Jesus is saying that he is the place God's people will find their life. We need to be attached to the true vine and take our spiritual sustenance from it — as followers of Jesus, our nourishment must come from him. [2] When people are in Christ, they will find themselves tended to and cared for by God himself. This concept is both radical and comforting. Jesus reminds us that God cares for the birds, [3] so he surely cares for us. The Father knows the number of hairs on our heads. [4] He knows what we need before we ask for it. [5] God is not a God far off, but a God up close and personal. He knows us and wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives.

[1] Psalm 80:8-11.
[2] John 15:5.
[3] Matthew 6:26.
[4] Matthew 10:30.
[5] Matthew 6:8.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, Lord Almighty, I am humbled and awed that in your incredible majesty you have also chosen to know me personally. Thank you for working in my life. Please conform me to your will. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 139:13-16
  • Romans 8:28
  • Philippians 2:13


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Illustration of John 15:1 NLT — [Jesus continued,] "I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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