“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 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.” John 15:1-5
Years ago there was a sad story that was being passed around. It was stated that there was a hospital room that was having a higher number of deaths than any of the other rooms. After weeks of testing the equipment, they found the flaw “in the system.” Someone noticed that the night shift janitor was inadvertently unplugging the patient’s life support system so he could plug in the floor polisher.
Snopes.com has researched and found the story to be a fable, so it has a sense of sick humor to it. Even though it was not factual, it conveys an important truth. If we are not connected to the life source, we die.
John chapter 15 reminds us of the importance of being connected to Jesus. He is the true vine and we are the branches. As long as we are “plugged in” to Him, we have power, but as soon as we become disconnected, we start to shrivel up and die.
Verse 5 closes with such a powerful phrase, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” Without Jesus, we have and are nothing. The crucial starting point is putting our faith in Him. By faith, and God’s grace, we can be restored and given real life. This salvation is the starting point, but we need to stay connected so we can be used by Him to accomplish anything worthwhile.
Basic ways of staying connected include prayer, studying God’s Word, singing praises, meeting with other believers, giving to the Lord, and serving the Lord.
Start each day making sure your spirit and His Spirit are connected. Most people regularly check the battery on their phone and make sure to recharge. Are we this focused on the Lord?
We need Jesus every day and every moment of every day. Stay connected!