This week in our worship gathering we heard about the transformational power of the gospel. In John 15:1-17, Jesus explains His role as the vine of true life. He teaches the disciples that apart from Him they cannot accomplish their purpose to fulfill the mission of God. Throughout the passage, Jesus tells the disciples that only he can change their character, hearts, and minds. Within the vine/branch analogy, Christ shows them that God’s love for them is the primary power source of change in the believer’s life.
Sometimes change involves “pruning” which can be the painful ways God takes away those things in our lives we are worshipping instead of him. Sometimes that change is a joyful release from chains we’ve been bound by. Regardless, the way we change is not by trying hard to clean up our behavior, but by first resting in what Christ has done for us.