God gives us many wonderful gifts from heaven. Rain is probably the first gift that comes to mind. Let’s not forget the everyday gifts, the gifts that seem so ordinary, the ones we take for granted. Consider the average sunny day. Do you consider this a gift from God, or is it a blessing you take for granted because it is so common?
When we are busy rushing to our jobs, school, or running errands, we don’t think about the weather, unless it turns inconvenient.
Yes, we do take ordinary sunny days for granted.
This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad today!
Don’t forget the affects the sun has on our mood. Remember the last cloudy, dreary day. How was your mood?
Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
The average sunny day is vital to life on earth. Every living thing on the planet is dependent on the sunlight, either directly or indirectly. The sun warms the earth, and oceans, which in turn warms the air. Warmed air creates weather patterns, necessary for creating moisture in various regions..
The sun is necessary for photosynthesis, to grow food for all living things.
He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:
We don’t have to turn to science to learn that God is necessary for our growth. Turn to John 15. The Vine and the Branches Parable is Jesus’ last parable. It is one of my favorites, because it contains significant imagery for Christian living. We’re going to take a look at two verses, verses 4-5.
The Vine and the Branches
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6
The disciples would have understood the agricultural life, common in those days. With God as the caretaker of the vine, He is going to provide everything the vine needs to survive, water, nutrients, and sunlight.
In this parable, Jesus explains that He is the vine, the main part of the plant. We are the branches; we branch off of the vine. The fruit comes from the branches. The vine (Jesus) carries the water and nutrients to the branches.
In the Christian life, growth occurs every day. Life may seem mundane and ordinary at times, but something is always going on inside the hearts of the true believer. The same goes with a plant. Fruit is always growing. We don’t always see the growth every day, but it is happening. Patient endurance is the key.
This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.
The Bible gives us many verses to help us have patience and endurance. Be encouraged by these.
1 Corinthians 9:24
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
Because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Walk in His Light,