The path to results

Once upon a time, in an ancient & almost forgotten century, there was a movie called When Harry Met Sally.  In the movie, there are these brief interviews with couples who have been married for eons.  What has lingered in my memory from these interviews & from watching couples who are old & have been married since before time, is often the rich texture, the broad understanding & genuine respect that these relationships evidence.  There’s something very alluring & appealing to seeing these long-term relationships.  With all of this being said, I don’t really consider myself to be much of a romantic person (skip the roses, chocolate & I’m unable to muster the interest to endure watching Pride & Prejudice, no matter who the actors are). BUT, what I do like are the results from these long-term committments.

So here’s my point:  the results we often crave in our lives (significance, love, fulfillment, intimacy, satisfaction, achievement, etc) are often nothing less than the consequences of committment, a word that is often disdained in our modern culture.  Perhaps when Jesus talked about abiding in Him to bear much fruit / results, just maybe He was talking about being committed to Him in a deeply personal & daily relationship.  Just a little food for thought ,)

when is it ok to be fruity?

I had this totally delicious conversation w a friend today about abiding in Jesus.  It was a thoroughly delightful conversation because we talked deeply about what it means to abide in Jesus as He talks about this in John 15.  Here are some ideas related to abiding:

  • being present – I love getting to give Jesus my total attention for no other reason than He is nothing short of riveting
  • receiving – for me this is tricky because of my independent nature, but the more I receive from Jesus, the more I want to receive
  • access – when I abide in Jesus, He has unlimited access to all of me & even though it can be painful on occasion, I find that letting Jesus have total access to all of my life is nothing short of sublime

So how does this relate to being fruity?  I’ve found that the better I abide in Jesus, the better the fruit / consequences in my life.  I’m less impatient, more kind & gentle, I’m more generous and I’m a better human.  Fruit is a reflection of the root ,)