that your joy might be complete…

So the opening of John 15 describes this posture upon which we remain in/with the Master Craftsman because apart from Him we can do nothing, and in Him, we bear much fruit and are pruned by the Master.

He concludes by saying, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

Closeup of a senior craftsman in his workshop

Often times we observe a Master at his work for just long enough to glean what we think we need. This concept of abiding and remaining with the Master Craftsman has some great insight into the longevity of the process of being an apprentice and a journeyman.  And when we do this we discover the joy of practice, not as a means to an end but that it is simply essential and a joy to practice, remain and abide.

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