MONDAY, APRIL 26
“Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you”
John 15:3 (ESV)
I AM THE TRUE VINE: REST IN HIS GRACE
There was an old television show called Mission Impossible. The show always began the same way — secret agent Jim Phelps would receive a tape recorded message which said, “Jim, your mission, if you choose to accept it is…” and then it would give him an assignment which seemed impossible to accomplish.
In John 15, Jesus gives the disciples the humanly impossible mission of bearing fruit. Mike reminded us in the sermon that the key to accomplishing this mission is abiding in Jesus and resting in His grace. It is only the grace of God that qualifies us to be a part of God’s mission. Jesus used His word to declare His disciples righteous and qualified.
Most missions in life require tremendous effort. In contrast, Jesus did all the work for you when He died on the cross. Now by His grace, God invites you to join Him in what He is doing. What difference does it make in your faith knowing that you are already clean and qualified before God?
If you have placed your faith in Jesus, thank God for declaring you not guilty. Thank God for inviting you to be a part of His grand plan.