My, Devotion to Him #108
Verse passage: John 15:6 “If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” – NIV
If we want to bear good fruit we must remain in Him. This word remain means to stay somewhere continually.
This verse is one that has been preached many times over. But we as Christians still do not heed to its warnings. This is a notion going around that we can live Sunday to Sunday with absolutely no spiritual food in between. Some have gotten a glimpse of this passage and implemented Wednesday service. I don’t know how we’d expect to stay strong in Him and being in a continual state within Him by just going to church on Sunday and calling it good. How can the Lord truly be the Lord over our life if we only connect to Him once or twice a week?
The moment a vine breaks it begins to die. Even if the branch is right beside a healthy branch. If the branch is not connected the branch will eventual die. If a branch does not get good sunlight and water it’s growth will be minimal at best. If a branch has sunlight and is continually drinking and in an area of good amounts of water it will grow. A branch does not rely on other branches in order to produce fruit. This whole thing is the Christian life. People cannot produce fruit for you. You can see the fruit others produce but that fruit is not yours. You have to produce your own fruit. If you are not in a continual state within the Lord you will not produce, you won’t grow in spiritual matters, you won’t grow in our relationship with Him. Drinking and basking in the sunlight only once or twice a week is only going to result in minimal growth if that. Many are barely hanging on because they only connect with Him once or twice a week.
We must understand how critical this is. The moment we get to busy to include God in our daily life we start to wither. The moment we are to preoccupied to pray and read the Word we will start to wither. The moment our life is to busy for God we will start wither. The tree sap of life that God gives us will start to dry up in our life. That is why we are remain in Him. We will begin to lose spiritual energy when we aren’t living in close contact with the Lord. Even though we still belong to Him. If His energy is not flowing through on a continual basis we will not produce fruit. We get into situations and we know what the right thing to do it and we struggle with it and we lack the energy to do. It is by remaining in Him that we are able to bear the fruit.
When we remain in Him we will bear the fruit. There is no other option. With the Holy Spirit flowing through us on a continuous basis we will see love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Remaining in a continual state within the Lord will produce an overflow of fruit.