‘I am the vine; you are the branches… apart from Me, you can do nothing.’ John 15:5 NCV
Dependency. Babies are totally dependent on adults for the basics in life: food, a place to sleep, safety… Little kids can’t provide these things for themselves. They simply have to trust that some Big Person will give them the things they need.
Now not only do we need to be like children in accepting discipline and direction, we also need accept that we’re dependent on God. He’s the One who can provide for us, not only for our physical needs but also for our spiritual needs. We’re instructed not to worry: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.’ (Matthew 6:25 NIV) Instead, we need to ‘seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’ (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
We can trust Him to give us everything we need. Jesus uses the example of a vine and its branches to show us how we’re dependent on Him. He says: ‘No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me… apart from Me you can do nothing.’ (John 15:4–5 NIV) As the branches are dependent on the vine for their survival, so we’re dependent on God for our fruitfulness. We can’t do the things that God’s calling us to do, or be the people He wants us to be, without being plugged into and dependent on Him. Basically, we can’t do it alone. We need God. Because the fruit of the Spirit He wants to grow in us doesn’t arrive overnight (see Galatians 5:22–23).
SoulFood: Is 49–52, John 7:25–32, Ps 123, Prov 29:1–3
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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