Summary: distinguishing the difference between WHAT IS IMPORTANT and that, which is UNIMPORTANT. It is possible to spend much of our time “MAJORING IN MINOR ISSUES AND MINORING IN THE MAJOR ISSUES”.
INTENTINAL LIVING –
Introduction: John 15:1
A doctor, an architect, and a lawyer were arguing over who had the oldest profession. The doctor said, "Well the first operation was performed on Adam, so the medical profession is the oldest."
"No," said the architect, "Architectural planning and design was needed to create the earth and the universe out of chaos, so I represent the oldest profession."
"Where do you think the chaos came from?" asked the lawyer.
One of the most difficult things in life is prioritizing “MAKING SENSE OF ALL THE CHAOS”. That is distinguishing the difference between WHAT IS IMPORTANT and that, which is UNIMPORTANT. It is possible to spend much of our time “MAJORING IN MINOR ISSUES AND MINORING IN THE MAJOR ISSUES”. They say that people who suffer from stress spend 80% of their time worrying about things that will never happen to them.
One of the things that the Bible reveals about God --- Is that he does everything with an intention and for a purpose. Creation was not cosmic accident – It was a creation – Gen 1:31 “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” . God made covenant with man intentionally … He sent his son Jesus Intentionally, He chose us the church intentionally
1. GOD INTENDS FOR US TO BEAR MUCH FRUIT -John 15:1-2
In this chapter our Lord gave instructions concerning how His disciples could maintain fellowship and fruitfulness in the difficult days which lay before them. The nature of the relationship between Christ and His followers was to change from a physical one to that which was spiritual, and the means of sustaining this kind of relationship are described for us.
When Jesus spoke of the vine it was a very striking illustration because the area where the Jews lived – Palestine was right among many vineyards. He was making the contrast between Israel a vine that God planted that proved to be unfruitful and between himself a fruitful vine.
(Isa 5:2). “He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit.” .
Jesus is saying that whereas the vine was a picture of Israel in the Old Testament, He is the fullest realization of Israel’s hope, of their expectations, of what God intended her to be as her Messiah. Israel, as a vine, was an utter failure; it never achieved its goal. Our Lord Jesus Christ who came, as the True Vine would accomplish all Israel failed to do.
The Interesting thing about Israel is that God was looking out for them the whole time. His eye was upon them; Israel was his chosen people out of all the nations. He watched over his vineyard to see that it prospered. But Israel was unfaithful and unfruitful
This is the reason that God allowed disaster to come upon Judah and later Israel was because they didn’t produce fruits of righteousness.. Amos spoke to Judah.. You will be the first to go into captivity.. Amos 6:12 “you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness- NIV