Planting • Unicycle Toward Him
Phil Piasecki | Worship Leader
I have always found it interesting how different families each have their own “thing.” What I mean by this is so many families can be identified by what their interests are. I think of families who all work in the same industry, are interested in sports, or are interested in music. Normally, what mom or dad like to do and enjoy gets passed down to their children, and so on and so forth. My dad learned how to ride a unicycle when he was growing up, and when I was old enough, he taught me how to ride it. I highly doubt I would have ever decided on my own to learn how to do that, but it was something that my dad (hilariously) passed down to me. This truth has been so much more evident to me since my wife and I had our first child. Between a year and fifteen months, she started to imitate everything that we did. She would raise her hands in worship when any song came on, and she would imitate our movements when we took her to the gym. The things that we abide in are what our lives reflect, which is why Jesus gives us this command in John 15.
John 15:4-5 says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
Jesus commands us to abide in Him and warns us that apart from Him we can do nothing. If you think of any fruit tree, when a branch is cut off from the tree it will no longer produce fruit. We are the same as that tree. When we bear fruit, it means that we are becoming more and more like Christ. A family that abides in Christ together will become more like Him. When I picture a family abiding in Christ, I see a family that reads their Bibles together, attends weekly church gatherings together, and serves Christ together. In twenty years, I do not want my family to be known as a sports family, a music family, or a unicycle riding family! I want us to be known as a Jesus family, a family that spent their time abiding in Christ and bore fruit because of it.
A branch abiding in a vine will bear fruit, there is no question about that. We can be confident that if our family is resting in Christ, we will become more like Him. We must constantly be connected to Christ; it cannot be an occasional thing. A branch cannot disconnect from the vine for a period of time, then reattach, and expect to be producing fruit. Christ needs to be the cornerstone of your family. When we abide in Him, we will become more like Christ.