I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
–John 15:5 NIV
Speaking to His disciples about producing fruit that glorifies the Father, Jesus uses a familiar scene—a vineyard. He paints a picture of the vital need to stay connected to Him. The vine is composed of the roots and trunk, supplies nourishment to its branches. If a branch disconnects from the vine, it no longer receives the sustenance needed to produce fruit. So, Jesus said, “apart from me, you can do nothing.”
To thrive, you must abide. To abide, you must remain vitally united to your life-giving source. Separated from Jesus, you can do nothing for God’s Kingdom. But with Him, all things are possible.
Choose to abide, to remain in Him. Acknowledge Jesus’ Lordship. Regularly renew your relationship through prayer and reading His Word, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you. Declare God’s majesty and goodness. Accept His love. Experience His love. And love others as He has loved you.
Jesus, as the vine, provides the nourishment. Your job is to stay connected to Him.
- Lord Jesus, I desire to live in You always. Keep me by Your Spirit. Live in me as I live in You. Help me bear much fruit.
- Father, I declare Your love over my life. Help me to love others as You love me.