“I am the vine; you are the branches.”

While preparing for small group I came across the verse John 15:5 “I am the vine; and 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.” The branches on the vine are completely dependent on it for everything, much like my children when they were babies were completely dependent on me to sustain them. I am completely dependent on Jesus. Without God my heart would cease to beat, my lungs wouldn’t fill with air, my life would be over. Apart from Jesus I can do nothing. I am insufficient on my own. No amount of gifting, studying, learning, or collecting of money will be able to help me with everything. I have to constantly ask myself if I’m relying on Jesus or if I am relying on myself in some vain attempt that most of the time proves useless. My God is creator of the Universe, sustainer of life, and supplier of all my needs. Who are you relying on? No matter what the branch does it cannot bear fruit apart from the vine. Are you attempting to produce fruit in your own power? Abide in Christ and you will bear much fruit. God gives in abundance… He overflows us with gifts and blessings. Do you see it? Or are you stuck frantically looking around to keep up alone?

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