LOOK: “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…If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” John 15:5,7
LEARN: When Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, He knew this would be the last time He would be able to talk to and teach them about the Kingdom of God. Making the most of the time He had left with them, Jesus put an urgent plea before the twelve men: “Remain in me. If you remain in Me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”
Jesus told his disciples if they want to be fruitful, if they want to live according to His purpose for them, if they want to live victorious lives, they must stay connected to Him. Their connection to Jesus would determine their destiny. Their connection to Jesus would determine whether or not their prayers were answered.
Once again using a perfect word picture to illustrate his point, Jesus likened their relationship to that of a living plant. He is the vine, the main source of water and nutrients, while the disciples are the branches that depend upon the vine for survival. As the branches must remain connected to the vine in order to grow and multiply, so too, must the disciples remain connected to Jesus for the same reasons.
Jesus makes it very clear what will happen should they become separated from Him. Apart from Him, the vine, they will not be able to do anything.
LIVE: STAY CONNECTED TO JESUS
How do we stay connected to Jesus?
S cripture. Jesus said if His words remain in us, we will remain connected to
Him. Spending time reading and studying Scripture is critical to this union.
T ime spent with other believers. We stay connected with God by forming
relationships and getting close to other people. When we get close to people,
we get close to God.
A ttitude of prayer, praise and worship. Our prayers, our praise and our worship make us acutely aware of our connection to the creator.
Y ou make the choice! Being connected to the Creator is simply a choice that we all have to make.
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to stay connected to you. Help me to spend more time in Your word, and in an attitude of prayer, praise and worship. Help me to develop relationships with other people. I want to make the choice to remain in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Copyright by Ronda Sturgill 2007