by Dr. Chris Lewis
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
I love Jesus’ analogy of the vine and the branch. It’s a beautiful picture of the process of the branches (us) bearing fruit for The Vinedresser (God). For a moment, let us also consider the analogy of an electric tool plugged into an outlet. Such tools have no independent life. Each tool depends upon a life source which is in it, but which is not of itself. That is a metaphor of each Christian. So long as each tool “abides” (stay plugged-into the outlet), it manifest the electrical flow or rather its identity (functions as its creator intended). As Christians, it’s when we unplug ourselves from the source that we lose our intended purpose. It’s the life in the tool which gives it a unique identity. Without us abiding in Him, we too, “can do nothing.” Notice the similarity in what Jesus said about us: “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The Christian who stays plugged into Jesus experiences the flow of life that God intended. We can only do the things of Christ as we remain plugged into Christ who is our spiritual source working in and through us.
Another on point analogy is the Christian as an infant in the womb. Although the child is in the mother, the mother is the life source in the child. Without the mother’s life flowing through the umbilical cord, the child would have no life. “For in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28). The child lives, moves, and exist in its mother. Mom is the baby’s source. The baby in the womb is an expression of its mother’s life. As God’s children, we are to rest in the womb of God, resting in total dependence. Our very existence and movement through the process of this life and the life to come, is attached to God our father who always cares for us like a mother.
Are you feeling cut off from your life source. It’s not the fault of the outlet. The bill has been paid in full. The kilowatts of the abundant life are already available for you and within you. Your only responsibility is to flip the switch of abiding in Him. You must let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5). As Jesus was plugged-in to God, and fulfilled all that God gave Him to accomplish, we too must allow Him to do what we can’t, and that’s allowing Him to live the Christian life in and through us. Remember, we “can do nothing apart from Him” (John 15:5). In order to bear fruit, you must be abiding, plugged-in, and attached to the umbilical cord of Christ…
Living Cross-eyed in a Cock-eyed World….Shalom!!
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