To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
May/June 2016 Issue – The Presence of God, ‘You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.’ Psalm 16:11
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
John 15:1-11 (NIVUK): “‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
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. 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. 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 yourselves to be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.'”
In today’s study Selwyn talks about walking through our day, arm-in-arm with our senior Partner, our Lord and God, Jesus.
Here is part of what he wrote: “Now we move on to consider another suggestion we can explore in order to increase our awareness of God’s presence in our lives: order your day on the basis of a divine partnership. …
The chief merit of this approach is that it highlights one of the greatest truths of Scripture, namely it is possible for us to enter in a divine-human partnership. …
‘Christianity,’ said a missionary who worked in China, ‘is walking and working each day with a senior Partner.’ It is. Please always remember this: you do need to go through any day alone, but can walk arm in arm with your senior Partner.”
In Hebrews 10:19-22, we read: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
We know from Scripture that Jesus’ perfect sacrifice was fully accepted by God and now we can have direct access to God, after we have placed our trust in Jesus and turned our back on our previous sinful life in total repentance. Consequently, we have the confidence to ask Him to be with us, as we travel along this narrow path towards eternal life with Him.