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Are you the type who like to blend in – or the type who like to stand out? As a rule that is, I'm sure there are situations when you find it more advantageous to behave unlike you usually do.

It seems that introversion and extroversion are one of those traits we are born with, and let it be said, one is not better than the other, just different.

As a branch grafted to the Vine, whether you are the quiet type or the visible type does not matter, what matter is, does your life bear any fruit?

In Revelation 3:15 - 16, Christ accuses the church of Laodicea of being lukewarm. He said He knows their deeds, that they are neither hot nor cold. By this He did not mean their deeds reflect their love for Him, that they are 'on fire' working for Him, as opposed to feeling 'cold' towards Him as seen in their total absence of good deed. The church in Laodicea understood about the healing and relaxing power of the hot water flowing from hot springs, and the refreshing nourishment of cold water. They also know, all too well, how bad the lukewarm water tasted that flowed via pipes to their city from the hot springs.

Whether you are quietly going about doing good deeds, perhaps only reaching one or a few people at a time, or are an on fire preacher preaching to the masses, both are good, both are needed. One is not better than the other. The question is, does your love for God reflect in your deeds, in the fruit you bear for the Kingdom? Does it reflect your commitment to Him? Or are you a halfhearted Christian? Not really committed, no fruit to show for the time you claim to have been grafted to the Vine.

In John 15: 1-2 Jesus said: "I am the true vine, and My Father is the keeper of the vineyard. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful." (Berean Study Bible, BSB) If, after an honest examination of your life you have to admit that you bear no fruit for the Kingdom, as long as you are alive, you still have time. But since none of us know the day and hour our life here on earth will end, please do not put off till tomorrow to make a decision regarding this.

If you choose to commit, and no longer be a lukewarm Christian, Christ gave us the key to bearing abundant fruit. He said: "Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me." (John 15:4 - BSB).

And there you have it, focus on your relationship with Him and 'fruit' will be a natural outflow, as your deeds will reflect.

May you remain in Him always,


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