“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 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. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up.”
We sometimes are curious to why we are in that dry season, feeling disconnected, or even apathetic to christianity and life. Then, Jesus reminds us, “If anyone does not abide in me, he is thrown away as a branch and DRIES UP.” So many of us are living dried up lives. There is no passion, zeal, or spiritual fervor. Instead, we are just going through the motions.
But, there is good news: “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit.” Just like that, Jesus clears it up for us. How do we live the opposite of being dried up? We abide (remain) in Him. If you have any of those feelings or being dried up, apathetic, or disconnectedness (even depression), ask yourself when the last time you actually dove into the scriptures, spent time in prayer or silences and solitude, or tried to live out one spiritual truth from God’s Word. If you are connected to the SOURCE of life, you have not option, but to have life. John 10:10 says, “The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy – but I have come to give life and give it ABUNDANTLY.”
Who’s winning right now in your life? The Enemy (Satan) or Christ?
God called us to be PASSIONATE and draw others into Himself. To live a life of zeal, abounding love, joy, overflowing truth, and abundance. If you are not currently there in your walk – then YOU have to work for that. Yes, God’s work is strong in us (i.e. “ being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6) and HE never fails. But, we have to pursue Him as well and spend time developing that relationship with him. In essence, I can not put it any more clear that Jesus did: “he who abides in Me, and I in him – he bears much fruit.”
Here is the deal though – we hardly ever as Believers show that we are dried up or struggling. Our life shows it in the way we are not bearing fruit, but we (for the most part) are too prideful to show our weakness. So, what do we do at church, school, amongst our friends and family?
WE FAKE IT.
Church, Students, Christians… Let’s stop Faking it. Let us instead, humble ourselves, reconnect ourselves, and being to abide in Christ. If you are scared of what people might think or say, or even that you can not dig yourself out of the pit – just remember that we serve a God who took DRIED UP BONES in Ezekiel and made them come to life. SEE EZEKIEL 37:1-14
Go form being a faker to a fruit bearer. God desires for you to be connected to Him so that you can LIVE PASSIONATELY in the world for the sake of His Name!