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The Branch and The Vine


  

I have a weird confession.

Whenever I see a branch laying on the sidewalk in front of me I get the sudden urge to step on it. The same thing happens when I see a dead leaf on the ground. Dry. Crisp. Just waiting to be crunched by my shoe. It’s almost like this weird childish impulse comes over me and I’m desperate to hear it crack.

Does this happen to anyone else… Or is it just me? Ha!

There are two quick scriptures I want to share today.

Finally, my fellow believers, continue to rejoice and delight yourself in the Lord.

Philippians 3:1

I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5

These two verses show us that who we are stems from our connection to Jesus.

Philippians 3 reminds us that we are in Christ. John 15 displays God’s power when we remain in Him.

Why branches die once they disconnect from their vine

Ever tried to do something on your own when you should have asked for help?

Once I tried to lift a 20lb crock-pot off the top shelf in the pantry. I thought…I can do this myself. I didn’t need to ask for help. I’m an independent woman!

Sure enough, it slipped out of my hands and the lid plummeted to the kitchen floor leaving at least 1,000 shards of glass for me to pick up. If I would have asked for help that task would have taken 30 seconds to complete. Instead I spent well over 30 minutes meticulously sweeping up glass and picking shards out of the kitchen rug.

Why do we do this to ourselves? This independence thing. Why are we so nuts about doing it alone? Being competent. Being able to get stuff done without any help.

 Whenever I rely on myself and disconnect from God I become like that branch on the sidewalk- the dead leaf I want to crunch with my shoe! I get dried out, brittle, and weary.

There is a very clear reason why this happens to me each time I do this.

God does not want me to be an independent woman.

Wait, wait, wait. This sounds counterculture to me.

Ya. It’s completely counterculture! 🙂

Our society pressures women to be in control, independent, and self-sufficient. Being dependent on God seems way too risky.

On our own we are like branches disconnected from their vine. Jesus is the vine and when we break away from Him we loose all the benefits of being “in Christ.”

Check out this post on the benefits of being "in Christ" as well as three easy steps to remain connected to Jesus throughout the day!

10 Things Available To Us When We Stay Connected to Jesus

  1. In Christ… I am ALIVE (Ephesians:2:5)
  2. In Christ…I am FAR FROM OPPRESSION (Isaiah 54:14)
  3. In Christ…I have PEACE (Philippians 4:7)
  4. In Christ…I have NO LACK (Philippians 4:19)
  5. In Christ…I can do ALL THINGS (Philippians 4:13)
  6. In Christ…I am MORE THAN A CONQUEROR (Romans 8:37)
  7. In Christ…I am FORGIVEN (Ephesians 1:7)
  8. In Christ…I and CALLED (2 Timothy 1:9)
  9. In Christ…I am HEALED (Isaiah 53:5)
  10. In Christ…I am LOVED (Romans 1:7)

So there it is!

I know it’s counterculture. And I know how easy it is to give in to the temptation that we must be independent people.

But staying connected to our vine, Jesus, allows us to live a fruitful life. We actually are way more effective and influential when we operate in His strength! When we remain in Him, He remains in us. All the nutrients of the vine go to the branch. All that Jesus is flows to us when we stay close to Him. Branches always die once they disconnect from their vine. God is our life source! Let’s be filled with LIFE as we stay connected and dependent on Jesus!

One last thought: 3 Easy Ways to Stay Connected to Jesus

  1. Have a morning quiet time with God. Read His word. Ask Him to direct each step you take that day. Give Him permission to work in your life.
  2. Pray throughout the day. Talk to Him about all things big and small. Consult with Him before you make a big decision.
  3. Ask God to help you rely on Him when you are tempted to do it on your own. He will energize you with His strength when you include Him and resist independence.

// Lord, help us to stay connected to You today!

4 Comments

TimTwombly
Reply June 7, 2017

Just fantastic, so clearly stated and beautifully written. I bet these concepts work for us guys, too.

    Kiva Roussel
    Reply June 7, 2017

    You are the best! Thank you for your constant love and support.

Lizzy
Reply June 14, 2017

It's so very important to remain connected! I've been writing about this too. Two of my favourite books on this topic are In Season by Wayne Jacobsen and Secrets of the Vine by Bruce Wilkinson. Coming over from our By His Grace fb page. Lovely to meet you.

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