Today’s Scripture: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:4–5
John Warr, an 18th-century apprentice shoemaker, was determined to be a faithful witness for Christ. John determined to talk to a new apprentice, William, about salvation, but the apprentice didn’t want to be bothered. One day, William was caught exchanging a counterfeit coin for a good one. He felt so bad about this, he asked John for help and prayer. John shared with him the good news of Jesus Christ and developed the young man into a committed disciple. William Carey later became a remarkable missionary to India.
As serving believers, we all want to bear spiritual fruit in our lives. Perhaps you are laid up in bed. It could be that you are stuck in a difficult situation where if you say one word about Christ, your job would be on the line. Perhaps you wish you could preach, sing, teach, or go to the mission field; since you aren’t doing any of those things, you feel frustrated and unproductive.
John Warr was faithful. Because of his testimony, one of the greatest missionaries of all time was affected. You can be a fruitful believer by doing what you can for Christ right now no matter your situation. If you are bedridden, you can be a prayer warrior. If you can’t share Christ at work, reach out to a neighbor or relative. Faithfulness is what matters.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder