We are who we are by the grace of God. His will brings us into being, and the context of our lives — family; formation; status; personality; intelligence quotient; psychological state; values and response to stimuli — all contribute to the shaping of our existence. The beauty of the human condition is that we are dynamic and not static. We are not creatures bound to a habit, addiction or situation. We can change, grow and become better people. Jesus appeals to our static nature by stating that He is the vine and we are the branches, and that by remaining in Him we will bear fruit which glorifies our Father (Jn. 15:1-8). This gives us hope as a people and as individuals. Jesus’ grace and mercy continually prunes us to experience ongoing conversion and growth through His word and Spirit. We are created in love and re-created for His glory. May our lives in Christ lead to bearing good fruit. Lord Jesus, may we Your branches draw strength and courage from You, our true vine. Fill us with Your Spirit, so that the fruits that we bear may lead to Your glory.