Day 53: John 15:9-17

The abiding disciple rests in Jesus’ love, as Jesus rests in the Father’s love.  The joy of being loved as a son is now the believer’s joy as well.  “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12) No longer are we slaves to sin, but heirs of God and co-heirs with Jesus.  Jesus said, “Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.” (John 8:35)  Adoption into God’s family is forever.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1)  What can compare to the joy of being adopted and loved by the King of the Universe?  Pop-ups on my computer screen are endlessly directing me to sites where I can follow the privileged English royals, Will and Kate and Harry.   Their clothing is exquisite and costly; yet God Himself clothes us with garments of salvation and arrays us in robes of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10) purchased with the blood of Christ.  The English royals are privileged with special access to the Queen; we are privileged to approach the throne of grace with confidence in prayer, to know the mind of Christ, to know what God is doing, to be called Jesus’ friends.  They have an earthly inheritance; we have a heavenly one.  Their privilege is to represent the Queen; ours is to represent Christ Himself as His ambassadors to the world, as though God were making His appeal through us. (2 Corinthians 5:20). You, Abiding Disciple of Christ, are a privileged child of the King.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the abiding disciple obeys God’s will and Word like Jesus obeyed and loves sacrificially like Jesus loves.  Those who abide in Jesus bear the fruit of Christ-like character.   Just as an apple tree produces apples, the vine of Christ produces believers that display the nature and character of Christ.   This process of becoming more and more like Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit is called sanctification.  As we become increasingly like Jesus, our wills become more in line with His will, our minds think more like His mind, and our prayers in His name are consistent with His character, nature and purposes.

In the movie, “Ever After“, Cinderella tells her prince, “You were born into privilege, and with that, come certain responsibilities.”  As loved children of God, we were “born again” into privilege.  How will you respond to the love of God?  Will you love one another and bear the fruit of Christ-like character and disciple-making influence on others?

 Ask yourself:  What fruit are you bearing that shows you are growing to be more like Jesus?

Prayer:  Lord God, let me never take for granted the privileges of being your child.