Living in the Vine

All truth is God’s truth.  Any thing we find any where to be true or good or beautiful is of God, is from God, was His idea, and should lead us to acknowledge Him.  But sometimes we can march through life in a cloud, not recognizing all those signs and wonders that point us to the God who loves us.

We rent our house and we do not own a chain saw.  I’m not sure we even own a regular saw.  Either way the management company is supposed to be sending out a tree service, although I’m not sure we’ll see anyone for a while!  But just think, this branch was healthy and beautiful and strong at 10:30 on Friday night, June 29th — not even five full days ago.  Now it is brown and dead and withered.

It is a strikingly vivid illustration of John 15:5 where Jesus says, “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.”

These branches were fruitful and gorgeous when they abided in the vine, but look at them apart from the vine.  Clearly they can do nothing!

Do you believe the same is true in your life?  Do you think you can muster up enough self-will to wake up and be a “nice” person tomorrow?  Do you think if you try hard enough you can forgive those who have hurt you?  Do you think that you can ensure that the next breath you take won’t be your last?

Because I believe that this broken tree is a picture of my life.  Apart from Jesus I can do nothing.  I can’t be nice, I can’t forgive, I can’t even breathe.  Apart from Him I can do NOTHING.  May I abide in in Him today and always.

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