14 Jan Hanging Out with Jesus
by Eric English
John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
Have you ever noticed that when you spend a lot of time around some friend or family member that you pick up their mannerisms? Maybe it’s a saying, or an accent, or even how they carry themselves.
Every summer when we visit Janelle’s family in Wisconsin, she ends up speaking with their accent. Of course we all pile on and say “you sound like your mother!” We have all heard people say things like that to us after we’ve been around friends and family.
Do you realize that it’s the same way with Jesus? Paul said that the fruit of the Spirit was love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self- control. That’s what Jesus is like.
When we spend time with Jesus regularly, His personality rubs off on us (by the power of the Holy Spirit). We began to carry ourselves like He did, and say the things He said. We begin to reflect His nature!
When Jesus visited the house of Mary and Martha He even said that Mary picked the best part, which was simply hanging out with Jesus.
Before we run off into our day, we must remember the most important thing we can do is spend time with Jesus through studying His word and spending time in prayer. This helps to ensure that those we come in contact with at work, at church or at home, will see Jesus in us.
John 15:8 “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”
Jesus is truly glorified when we do things for His kingdom and look like Him when we do it.