Today’s Encouragement is John 15:5 [Jesus said] “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
You can do nothing –
“I think I’m offended! Jesus is saying without Him, I can’t do anything! But I can tie my shoes! I can eat lunch… so, what is He saying?”
Jesus explains that He is the vine, and that we are branches – attached to His vine. Only by our remaining in His vine, in contact, abiding, with Him, through a life-giving connection with Him, by our relationship with Him, can we ever ‘bear fruit’, or have any real success – have any lasting value.
The analogy goes on to be even more serious, because, without Jesus, the Vine, and our life-giving connection to Him, we can do Nothing. Because we are dead without Him…
But by remaining IN Him, attached to His Vine, we will bear much fruit. Philippians 4:13 “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Through Christ… attached to Him, dwelling, abiding in Him.
Lord Draw us nearer, make us more aware of the life-giving and life-sustaining relationship we can have with You. So that we have life, and we can ‘bear much fruit’, the fruit of Your amazing love for this lost and dying world.