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Be Rooted in the Love of Jesus Christ

April 19, 2008
By The Rev. Harold A. Langevin Jr. , Senior Pastor of the Ellamore Charge of the United Methodist Church
From whom do you draw your strength when life is being unkind to you? In John 15:1-8, Jesus describes himself to his disciples as “a vine” and they, the disciples, are “the branches.”

For each of us, Jesus is — or should be — the source of our Christian life as Jesus is one with God. And if we are rooted in the love of Jesus Christ, then we, like the disciples, are the branches to our community.

So, how do we get connected to Christ? How do we abide in Christ? This will happen when we commit ourselves to participating consistently in the life of the church. Through that participation, we can grow spiritually and bear the fruit of ministry. We must sincerely practice the presence of God through what we do and who we are in life. Most people will respond to what we say and do, and if we do nothing — well, we really should not expect any positive response to a lackluster effort.

We cannot ignore the power source of our Christian lives. We claim we love only because God first loved us. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Cut off from me you can do nothing. Abide in my love.” With the spring bringing warm temperatures, sprouting flowers, budding trees and other new growth, we also can have a feeling of being a new creation through “the vine” by drawing from the love and grace Jesus offers us.

Are you ready and willing to commit to a wonderful long-term relationship with a fellowship of believers rooted in the love of Jesus Christ? Don’t make excuses as to why you won’t or can’t be a part of the body of Christ, the Apostle Paul calls the church. We need the church in our lives today as much as the church needs us. If you are not involved in a church, I challenge you to begin tomorrow to participate in the worship service of a church of your choice. Go with the expectation of hearing God’s voice of encouragement. I pray that you will find comfort and peace in the arms of Jesus Christ. May God richly bless you as you journey down the path of life and tomorrow I’ll see you in church.

(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author’s church affiliation.)


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