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Intimate And Organic

Intimate And Organic

13 August 2010

Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 13-15; John 15

Scripture:

5 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. 6 Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. 7 But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. 8 This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. (John 15:5-8 MSG)

Jesus pictured the relationship between him and us as Shepherd and sheep in John 10 and as Vine and branches in John 15. It takes more than one way of looking at this spiritual truth to even hope to grasp it with natural minds.

My relationship with Jesus Christ must be intimate and organic to produce life in me and fruit for others. It can’t be merely intellectual – knowing truth. It can’t be merely functional – obeying a set of rules and practicing some rituals. Because “knowing” and “doing” are easier to measure than “simply being,” there is a constant drift away from an “intimate and organic” relationship and into knowledge and function.

Here are some things I can do to keep my relationship with Jesus intimate and organic:
• I can pray daily and often and about everything.
• I can read God’s word daily and think prayerfully about what it means to me.
• I can worship in as many ways as there are to reverence and celebrate God – who he is and what he has done.
• I can engage in close relationship and communication with other Christ-followers.
• I can live and give and serve from the inside out – prompted by the Spirit within.
• Most of all, I can learn to love, because when I love – really love – I’m closest to Jesus.

Prayer:

Father, I am painfully aware of how easily and how quickly I can drift out of the intimacy of relationship with you and into the ritual practice of religion. Please help me to avoid substituting the objective and structured practice of religion for the intimate and organic relationship you desire with me. I purpose to make your words at home in my heart and my heart at home with you. Amen.

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