One thing we’re all really good at is recognizing our own short comings. It’s easy for us to look around at others and realize how we don’t have the raw talent of this person, we don’t have the creative capacity of that person, we’re not as smart or as capable as those people.
But what if I told you that you could live a significant life? What if I told you that the power to live a life that counts came from somewhere else, from SOMEONE else who is far more confident and capable than you are? What if I told you that you could connect with the source of that power and accomplish amazing things with your life?
What if that was true? Would that change things for you?
I think that would change everything.
The source of life
Jesus talks about this specifically in John 15:5.
“I am the vine; 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” (NIV).
Jesus was an expert at making things simple. There is nothing complicated about a vine and some branches. We all understand that as long as a branch is connected to the vine, it receives everything it needs to do what it was created to do, which is bear fruit.
Jesus says, “I am the vine.” That means Jesus is the source of life and vitality. He is the one who provides everything you need to live the life you were created to live.
Jesus says, “You are the branches.” That means that you and I are utterly dependent upon Jesus, the source, to do what we were created to do.
Jesus makes this abundantly clear when He says, “Apart from me you can do nothing.”
If you want to live the life that you were created to live, then you have to be connected to the source of life, Jesus Christ.
Jesus calls this “remaining”. Some translations call it “abiding”.
It’s being connected to Jesus.
The power to live a life that counts comes from developing a powerful, passionate, personal relationship with Jesus!
That’s hard for us to do sometimes because we don’t always think of relating to Jesus in a tangible way–not like we think of relating to our spouses or our kids or our friends.
We can’t see Jesus. We can’t touch Jesus. We can’t embrace Jesus. And because of that, it’s hard for us to believe that we can be connected to Jesus in a real and personal way.
But you need to understand something about this passage. Jesus gave this talk to His disciples right before He was going to the cross. He knew that soon He would die. He knew that soon He would be buried. He knew soon that He would rise, and that soon He would ascend to the right hand of the Father. He knew that soon He would no longer be with His disciples in a physical way.
And He also knew that if His disciples found themselves without Him by their side, they would freak out!
So Jesus gave them this metaphor.
He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.”
What He wanted His followers to know is that even though He would soon be leaving them, He wasn’t abandoning them. He wanted them to know that He would still be with them in a very real way.
He says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.”
See, just because you can’t see Jesus or touch Jesus or embrace Jesus doesn’t mean that you can’t develop a meaningful relationship with Jesus. He is the vine. You are the branches.
You can connect with Him and abide in Him in a very real way. You can know Him and love Him and relate to Him just like you know and love and relate to the people closest to you.
And it’s in developing this passionate, personal relationship with Jesus that you find everything that you need to live a life that counts. Jesus calls living a life that counts “bearing fruit”. He says, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit.”
Do you want to know where to find the power to live a life that counts? The power to live a life that counts comes from abiding in Jesus.
The more that you connect with Jesus in a very real and personal way, the more your heart lines up with His heart. And when that happens, nothing can stop you from living a life that counts!
That’s why Jesus says in John 15:7,
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
That’s amazing. Read that again. “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Can you imagine what you could do with your life if you committed to developing a powerful, personal relationship with Jesus? How many lives could you touch? How many people could you impact? How different would things be in your home or at your job or in your community?
I think the possibilities are limitless.
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