john 15:1 17

She Was Made With A Purpose
Day 3/30

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. - John 15:9-12 (NIV)

In today’s verse we are reminded of the beautiful truth that comes from Jesus: we are to remain in His love. This is how our joy in this life will be complete. This is the only way we will experience what it means to be fulfilled: to remain in His love. His love is what completes us. Not our jobs, not our successes, not even the approval we get from the people we love and care about. Yes, those things are special and dear to us, but it is HIS love that COMPLETES us.

His love is what pulls us out of the ruins of our own doubts and fears about the days to come. His love is what sustains us when we feel overlooked or under-appreciated. So knowing how great His love us, how can we not make our lives about sharing life-changing eternal love with all we come in contact with?

Jesus is beckoning us to live this way. And it isn’t His suggestion. It’s His command.

Make this time of your life a time where you no longer live for what other people or what material things can do for you to make you feel complete. Spend your time instead remaining in His love that has been so freely given to you. Turn your questions of “how am I going find a job that makes good money?” or “how am I going to meet the godly man that God wants me to marry?” into “how can I go help my family member or church member who is need this week?” and “how can I impart in my little sister’s life and remind her of what she’s worth?” and “how can I share something on social media to encourage my hurting friends?” You will find so much fulfillment in a life where you are focusing on following Jesus’ command of love. He WILL bless you and He WILL take care of you as you do this. So let the love He’s given you complete you as you give it to others!

Biblical Context + Further Reading: John 15:1-17

John 15:1-17 (HCSB)
“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.

“As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.

“I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father. You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. This is what I command you: Love one another.