WEEKLY EMAIL CONNECTIONS – JUNE 8, 2021

Weekly Bible Reading (for reading through the New Testament in one year)

Week of June 6: Acts 22-26, Proverbs 23

 

Reminders: Westhill Student Ministry has many activities this summer. For more information contact Ethan Blackstone at (432) 214-4277.

Monthly Prayer Focus for June: Growing Stronger

Devotional Thought for the Week

 

How Can I Bear Fruit for You, O God?

By Clyde H. Slimp

 

Writer Ava Pennington made this interesting observation: 

“Think about all God has invested in us – salvation, spiritual gifts, His grace, His mercies. What ‘yield’ is God seeing? Sour grapes, or the fruit of obedience and spiritual growth? Lord, thank You for planting me in Your vineyard. Help me respond by producing fruit that honors You.”

 

In the Bible, we hear the hurt in God’s voice when he asks through his prophet Isaiah, “What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?” (Isa. 5:4). God will let us go our own way and let us suffer the consequences we choose.

 

However, Jesus also lets us hear the heart of the Father, urging us to live lives that bear fruit and glorify God: “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” (John 15:4; read 15:1-17 for more of how Jesus used the imagery of vines, pruning, and fruitfulness).

 

Now, re-read Ava Pennington’s quote above. Then prayerfully ask yourself these questions: “How would my Gardener evaluate the fruit I yield? How can I be more fruitful?”