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“I am the vine; you are the branches…”
February 22, 2015, 5:24 pm
Filed under: 1A - Spiritual Notes

At a new organic fellowship last night while listening to the sharing of one another in the midst of the sharing I noticed the room had a very ornate clock on the mantle of the fireplace and to its left was what looked like limbs from a tree with long leaves. I was reminded that as humans we are very inclined to make what is simple complex. All of our institutions and organizations are perfected so that they run like clockwork and in so doing become more and more complex and we become enslaved in a system void of relationships as it is more about the system, keeping it running with all of its deadlines and productivity, and the egos that run it, instead of how well we relate to one another. The church, the organized way it has become institutionalized is very much like this, it is about running a machine that works like clockwork fueled by the passions of those who think they know what’s best for everyone, no matter who gets knocked over in the process.

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Christ Jesus had a different way, a different reality of how His body shared life together. Jesus during his last moments on Earth said “I am the vine; you are the branches…”

As I looked at this tree and thought about trees in general, I remembered this morning while working on the front lawn that branches of a tree tended to veer about in seemingly random ways but always outward and upward because of the Sun. The brothers and sisters in Christ are like this. When we gather Christ in us is giving us His life to share with one another, sometimes it may seem kind of random, but as we see more of Him and allow Christ to be Head of His body, what appeared to be random gives shape to something quite beautiful, Christ Himself, His life to us through one another. Sometimes our soul life gets in the way and we hurt one another, Christ is our healer and as we learn to hear Him we follow Him by forgiving or asking for forgiveness and making amends.  Love, truth, and faith always builds up the body and Christ in us continues our upward and forward growth in Him together.

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This life together just like with various trees can look quite differently from one another, and hence not make clockwork or set a precedent on what happens as we gather together. Christ is too creative than that! There are also seasons to consider. No matter the season it is still about allowing Christ as Head together and being sustained by Him as He lives through one another. The world often judges the poor seasons of life. We should  see it differently. If we see the brothers and sisters in one place being broken and hurt by the world around them be careful in your judgements, for even a myrtle tree only grows unless it’s branches are cut completely, but it’s roots are ever growing deeper.

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