From the team at C3 we pray each of you had a Merry Christmas and you are preparing to enter 2020 with a heart ready to receive all our Heavenly Father has prepared for us. The journey of celebrating Christ throughout the year starts with a heart actively pursuing Him. The often-quoted verse of Jeremiah 29:11 is a great verse, and we should also include verses 12 and 13 to get the whole picture of the blessing He has planned for us:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
The Celebration Begins with Relationship
The celebration of embracing the plans He has for us begins with a healthy relationship with Jesus Christ and seeking Him with all our hearts. This season we reflect on the simplicity and importance of John 15:1-4:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. Abiding in the vine, or an intimate relationship with Jesus is necessary for us to embrace the fullness of the life our Heavenly Father has prepared for us.
As we enter the New Year, let us spend time to cultivate the relationship with Jesus that we were created to enjoy. As we abide in the vine the Holy Spirit can flow through us to produce the fruit that will benefit those in our circle of influence.
The Abundant Harvest
The picture painted in John 15 is one of our Heavenly Father attending to the branches to ensure they produce much fruit. We must be firmly attached to the vine to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us to produce the fruit as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
The desire of our Heavenly Father is to produce much fruit, so even as we abide in the vine there will also be times when the branches must be pruned to produce even more fruit. This can be a painful process, but the results are of great benefit as the fruit of the Spirit is manifest for all to enjoy.
2020 can be a wonderful year as we develop the relationship with Jesus Christ that He desires to have with us and allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us to produce much fruit. The world has yet to see what the Christian community can accomplish when we walk out the principles of John 15 in our everyday lives and unite with others that share these values. Join C3 in 2020 as we walk out our vision, “connect Christians to transform communities”. We pray God’s richest blessings on you and your family in the coming year.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.