Has your understanding of a clean room or house ever differed from your spouse’s, parent’s, or child’s understanding of “clean”? Sam Allberry shares that, when he was a college student, his perception of a clean house was very different from his parents’ (some of you may relate!). In this video, Sam talks about how, similarly, our understanding of what it means to be a good person–or, “to do a good job of being people”–is very different to God’s, and how we move forward with this knowledge.
For the Old Testament people of God, the people of Israel, their national symbol was the vine, and it was a really apt symbol. It spoke of who they were, and what they were meant to be doing.
By nature, none of us can be who we’re meant to be, who we sense we should be, who in our better moments we know we want to be. The fact is we’re just not very good at being people. We do a lot of bad things, and even our good things are often pretty messed up.
Our understanding of what it means to be a good person, to be doing a good job of being people is very different to God’s which is why Jesus says, “I am the true vine.”
Make it Personal
Can you think of a time where you thought, “that’s good enough!” only to realize later that it really was not good enough?
What does it practically look like for our lives to be grafted into Jesus’?