“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” – John 15:4 (NLT)
Jesus Christ living in us makes anything possible.
Remember the story of the feeding of 5,000 people with just five loaves and two fish? It was Jesus that took the little bit and made it more than enough.
Many times we look at ourselves, and compared to others, we think that we are too limited to do something for God. We may think that we don’t have the learning to be a teacher at church, or we might think we don’t have the experience or prerequisites to organize a ministry, or go on an extended mission trip. The truth is… WE DON’T HAVE WHAT IS NECESSARY BUT JESUS DOES. Christ can make much out of our little just as He made much out of the little food that a boy was willing to share.
Today’s passage helps us understand that if we want the Lord to bear His awesome kind of fruit in our lives, our job is not ability but a willingness to stay connected with Him relationally. We are always making choices that result in our connecting or in our disconnecting from Christ in us. As we choose for Christ, we are remaining in Him and enabling Him to flow through our lives to do the exceedingly, abundantly beyond. As we choose for self, we are disconnecting from Christ’s fellowship and blocking His ability to flow freely through us.
Some basic ways we remain are:
- by encountering the scriptures with a teachable spirit
- by talking to God through prayer and asking according to His will
- by fellowshipping with (helping and being helped by) other believers
- by saying yes to the things God wants and no to the things opposed to God’s will
- by the way we treat others in a positive way
Are you experiencing God working through your life to do life changing things? If not, have you become detached in some way, chasing after your desires rather than passionately pursuing what God wants? Talk to the Lord about these things. Let Him know your desire to remain in Him and to produce great spiritual fruit.