CONNECTED TO THE VINE
We enjoy the convenience, ease and speed provided by modern technology. Travel is fast, communication quick, work is optimized, and efficient with the use of intelligent machines and gadgets; knowledge, information and advances in research grow by leaps and bounds every day using the most sophisticated super computers . These things have brought mankind to the highest level of self sufficiency far more surpassing any accomplishment since the age of renaissance.
But one thing is certain. The aircrafts, cars, computers, cell phones, cameras, television, toys, medical equipment, gadgetry, will not run without power. They become useless without power.
The same can be said of the Christian life, which fails to tap into the greatest Source of Power. A life controlled and directed by the Spirit of God is an empowered life. A life connected to Christ is well lived and fruitful, it is true life, a powerful testimony. To be disconnected from the Source means to be dead and without use.
Listen to what the Lord said, “ Yes, I am the vine you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered to a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want and it will be granted.” (John 15:5-7 NLT)
Dr. John MacArthur succinctly explains this passage as a strong metaphor of deep significance. He said: “The vine-and-branches concept makes an ideal metaphor, because it is filled with parallels to our relationship with Christ. A branch grows through its connection with the vine, and we grow because of our relationship with Christ. A branch is nothing apart from the vine, and we can do nothing apart from Him. A branch draws strength from the vine, and we become strong through Him.”
Think about it my friend.