Childlikeness: 3

‘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

Today’s Readings

ERROR: You have exceeded your quota of 5000 requests per day. Please contact the developer of this application if you have questions. (If you're the developer and have questions about this error message, please contact Crossway.)

Mon 06 November, 2017

Select a specific day

Post Date

November 2017
« Oct    

Recent Articles

Healing Broken Relationships

In a broken world, broken relationships are in abundance. It seems there’s always someone we’d like to be closer with, apologise to, or never see again. A couple years ago, that was one of my brothers. We’d always had a rocky relationship, and it just kept getting worse from the lack of maintenance. To be…

What If You Weren’t Afraid?

‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’ 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV From this verse came a question that found me on a plane to Israel, embarking on a twelve-day tour with a diverse group of young adults. When presented with an opportunity such as…


The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has created quite a stir recently. It opens up important issues, both negative and positive, for us all. ‘Everything really does affect everything.’ 13 Reasons Why explores the aftermath of a teenage girl’s suicide. She records 13 audiotapes, each about a person and their contribution to her suicide. It…

Knowing a God of Grace

Last month I was in car accident. I’d like to say I took it in my stride. That I ran straight to all my mates, hands raised in praises and hallelujahs. Realistically, I sat in the ambulance sobbing—and I spent the next few days staring into space and moving from bed to chair to couch…

Donate to vision

Over 80% of our income is from the freewill gifts of wonderful people just like you.
So thank you for helping. Your generous support is 'Connecting Faith to Life'.