John 15:1-11

The joy that is able to sustain us, the joy we long for and cherish most, has deep roots. A friend told me that his late father never sat him down to tell him how to handle his life. He just always taught by example. His father treated everyone equally well, looking for the good in each person. This man worked hard, was generous, managed to be content, and found joy all through this life. What a gift he gave his family as they lived together. His son now lives out the lesson of his father’s example, inspiring his own family and others through his deep-rooted joy.

Jesus lived out God’s love by maintaining a close relationship with God. He taught his followers to do the same. When he says, I am the vine, you are the branches (v. 5), we picture the importance of being rooted in Christ and maintaining a deeper connection to him. We, the branches, stay connected to Jesus, our vine, through a multitude of ways and experiences. Devotional time, Scripture reading, and worship services are opportunities to experience Christ anew. Growing in gratitude helps us pay attention to how God communicates to us through the daily gifts around us. We discover God’s grace through conversations, friendships, routine responsibilities, and opportunities to serve. We learn from those who embody their faith for us and lead us to do the same for others. 

Jesus offers us a relationship in which we will know deep-rooted joy by abiding in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, he tells us, and that your joy may be complete (v. 11). Our joy stems from a faithful life.


What does the joy with which you live communicate to those around you?


God, guide us to stay connected to your loving joy so that our faith will speak to those around us. In Christ’s great joy we pray. Amen.

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