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The Fourth Week of April

We Read…

What does it mean to remain in God? This is a phrase used a few times in our readings for this week. Jesus tells us that he is the vine and we are the branches, we have to stay connected to him to produce good fruit. This makes sense, doesn’t it? If you cut a plant off from its life source, it can’t live for much longer. Jesus wants us to stay connected to him, to remain in him, and our relationship with Jesus will lead to good fruit, to loving the people around us, to changed lives.

We’re also reminded that we can’t do this all on our own. First, we’re called to remain in Christ. But secondly, we’re called to be in community with others. The Ethiopian eunuch needed Philip to come alongside him and explain what he was reading. We have all had someone in our life do the same for us! Maybe it’s a mentor or pastor or parent, but someone at some point came to our side and shared about God’s love for us. When we remain in Christ, we get the chance to share our love for Jesus with the people around us. What would this story have looked like if Philip wasn’t in tune with God? Philip needed to be sensitive to the nudges of God in order to go and meet the Ethiopian man. 

Psalm 22:25-31

25 I offer praise in the great congregation 

     because of you; 

     I will fulfill my promises 

     in the presence of those who honor God. 

    26 Let all those who are suffering 

     eat and be full! 

     Let all who seek the LORD praise him! 

      I pray your hearts live forever! 

    27 Every part of the earth 

     will remember and come back to the LORD; 

     every family among all the nations 

      will worship you. 

    28 Because the right to rule 

     belongs to the LORD, 

     he rules all nations. 

    29 Indeed, all the earth’s powerful 

     will worship him;

     all who are descending to the dust 

     will kneel before him; 

     my being also lives for him.

    30 Future descendants will serve him; 

     generations to come will be told 

      about my Lord. 

    31 They will proclaim God’s righteousness 

      to those not yet born, 

      telling them what God has done.