READ : John 15:1-8
I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. (John 15:5 Message)
We have a drip irrigation system which waters every flower and shrub in the back yard. This system works well, except when a burst of water pressure disconnects a tube. When that happens and no one notices, the plant withers and dies.
Life’s pressures tend to drive us away from Jesus, zapping our energy, leaving us ineffective for service. Spiritual dehydration causes us to become dead branches-good for nothing except to be thrown into the fire. Thankfully, the Lord personally invites all who are spiritually thirsty to come and drink deeply of his life-giving water. In our personal devotions, his truths will soak deep into our souls. Meeting with other Christians encourages us and holds us accountable to stay connected. Regular worship and Bible study keep our roots in Jesus’ refreshing waters.
Jesus is the Vine, we are the branches and we must be joined with him to be effective and useful in his service. Will you join me in determining to stay connected so we can be living and vital?
Lord, I don’t want to become disconnected from you. Give me the desire to stay close to you.