Living It Out
Did Jesus really say that when we’re detached from him, we can’t produce anything? Really Jesus? Yep, He said it and He really meant it. Think about it: a branch separated from the rest of the plant is still a branch… it’s just not a very effective branch. It’s not doing what branches are ultimately supposed to do. And what are branches ultimately supposed to do? They’re supposed to grow, blossom, and produce fruit. A branch disconnected from the vine is still a branch, but it’s kinda useless.
So Jesus is making a pretty bold statement. He’s saying that when we are disconnected from him we aren’t growing, blooming, or producing fruit. we’re kinda useless. Ouch.
Praying and reading the Bible are obvious ways we can stay connected to Jesus, so I just gave you those two ideas as freebies! What are two or three other ways you can stay connected to Jesus, the Vine, all the time?