“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me and I will 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.” ~ John 15:3-4
I gotta admit…I love cleaning gadgets. I am so easily lured by the promise of an easier, quicker and elbow-grease-free way to get things done that I’ll open my wallet for just about anything making that promise. But, I’ve found that there is one major setback with every new-fangled cleanser, gadget, and appliance on the market…you actually have to USE them in order for them to work! Believe it or not, that Swiffer Sweeper, Greased Lightning and $500 cyclonic vacuum do a horrible job of house cleaning when they are sitting in the closet. Don’t believe me? Just come over to my house some time, and you’ll see what I mean.
It’s the same thing with our spiritual houses. God has provided us with countless tools to help us grow in our faith. But, if we don’t use them, they don’t work! I have at least ten different Bibles in my collection: the NIV, The Living Bible, The Message, study Bibles, life-application Bibles and devotional Bibles.
But, it wouldn’t matter if I had ten thousand Bibles and never read any of them. He has surrounded me with supportive Christian friends and mentors. My bookshelves at work and at home are full of books about Christian living and spirituality. My CD shelves are filled with Christian music. There are at least a dozen churches within a 10-minute drive of my home. God even offers open communication with him through prayer, anytime I want it.
Yes, He has indeed provided the resources, but it is my job to put all these things to work in my life. Here’s the really good news, though. Putting our faith-building tools to work is usually much more pleasant than housework, and the rewards are much more long-lasting than a clean kitchen floor.
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