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John 15:5

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit.

Rooted in Christ

The images that the scriptures use to talk about doing the will of God are largely organic. They are about fruit not rules. The commands and ordinances in scripture are not rooted in a concern with “obeying the law” but obeying the Lord. They are relational. They are about fidelity to the God who shows fidelity to us. The chief of all the commandments, says Jesus, is “to love the lord your God…and your neighbor as yourself.”

The rules in scripture are like the family rules we impose on small children: “no hitting,” “no biting,” “tell the truth,” “chew with your mouth closed.” They are about being family, being a community of mutual support and care. So this prayer for God’s will to be done is a prayer for fidelity throughout the human community. It is a prayer that we, ourselves, might show faithfulness to all around us. It is a prayer that we may be rooted in Christ as branches to a vine.

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