“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
The soul that truly hears Jesus Himself speak the word, receives with the word the power to accept and to hold the blessing He offers.”
— Andrew Murray, Abide in Christ
Connect – to become joined; to have or establish rapport; to place or establish in relationship. These are definitions taken from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary. So the question today is, “Where are you connected and to whom are you connected?” Your connection determines the fruit you bear… your attitude… how you treat others… what you accomplish in life.
We connect through spending time with others or allowing others to speak into our lives. We are influenced by those with whom we are connected. The Bible says in John 15 that Jesus should be our main connection. If we remain…abide…stay connected to Jesus, then we will bear much fruit… good fruit. The Bible also says apart from Him we can do nothing.
So how do we stay connected to Jesus? First we have to make our relationship with Him a priority. We must spend time with Him and allow Him to speak into our lives. How do we do that? Read and study His Word allowing ourselves to become familiar with His ways. Meditate (think on) His Word allowing it to shape the way we think. Listen (be quiet) allowing Him to lead and give us guidance. I challenge you to take a look at your main connection. Is it Jesus and His Word or something else?