““I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper. Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.” —John 15:1-8
For several years, I worked as a football, basketball and golf coach…During all of our seasons, one thing was always the same, “Alignment is the key. If everyone is aligned right, you have an opportunity to be successful.” That comment sticks with me as a multi-sport coach and as a person in life.
Success in accomplishing God’s purpose is directly tied to how well our life is aligned with God and His plan.
When our thoughts are aligned with God, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.” This is the Lord’s declaration.” —Isaiah 55:8
“And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:7
When our actions are aligned with God, “Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.” —1 John 3:18
“Your every action must be done with love.” —1 Corinthians 16:14
When our language are aligned with God, “No foul language is to come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.” —Ephesians 4:29
“Coarse and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.” —Ephesians 5:4
When our efforts are aligned with God, “Brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” —2 Thessalonians 3:13
“So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” —Galatians 6:9
Whew we follow God’s purpose for our life, we can be a powerful, positive witness to others.
As ministry, we see a wide range of spiritually developed peers and teammates. During this social climate, we see that some are very close to God, while some are weak and struggle with faith during these uncertain times. It’s important that we look to God and realign our lives with Him.
We have a great opportunity to get to know Him fully as a Redeemer, Healer and our Savior. When we know Him fully, we are empowered to spread that knowledge to others, but it all starts with our alignment with Him first.
Additional alignment scripture:
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit — the Father will send Him in My name — will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” —John 14:26
“Pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers.” —1 Timothy 4:16
“This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do. Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”” —Joshua 1:8-9
John Morris is currently serving with Oklahoma Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is supported financially by faith partners. If you are interested in more information on FCA or being a faith partner go to this link https://my.fca.org/johnmorris. John can be contacted through email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell number (785-760-1627).