Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Remaining in Christ – John 15:5

In John 15:5 Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

A branch of a grape plant must remain connected to the vine to survive. Yet survival is not the purpose of a grape plant – producing fruit is. Life and productivity come from being connected to the vine.

The Christian walk is similar. We are called to be fruitful Christians, stewarding the talents God has given us. God expects us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have received. We should demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit. And all of these require us to remain in Jesus Christ.

What does it mean to remain in Jesus Christ? Just like the branches of a grape plant need to stay connected to the vine for nutrients and water, we need to stay connected to Christ, who is our source of strength. This means we need to read the Word of God for encouragement and guidance, we need to remind ourselves of the life and death of Jesus Christ and the transforming affects he has on our hearts, we need to pray for wisdom and strength, and we need to humbly declare our weakness and Christ’s power.

In him we can bear much fruit; apart from him we can do nothing.

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