Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. (John 15:4)
The language of John’s gospel is so rich. Then, as now, there were issues with people ‘going it alone’. While each person must choose to believe and live out that faith, it is only in community that our faith reaches its fullness – when we ‘bear fruit’. To abide in Jesus means to live as a disciple. It also means to foster a relationship with Jesus in prayer. If we pray and do our best to live as a disciple, the Holy Spirit will guide us, so that we each bear fruit by building up the community – not just ourselves.
Young people want to explore their abilities and increase their sense of agency. However, young people have a strong desire to do good – as is readily seen in their wholehearted participation in service projects, social justice activities and school leadership. Isn’t that fruit sweet?
Have a great week!