Self-reliant. Does that term come to mind when you think about yourself? You’re dependable to get things done in your own power and perhaps even with your own resources? Do you unconsciously or secretly pride yourself because of your self-reliance? Do you think less of those who do not possess this attribute? Ponder.
Now consider this:
“I am the Vine; you are the branches (that’s us). Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from the vital union with Me] you can do NOTHING.” John 15:5 Amplified version for clarity.
Let that sink in. Jesus is speaking in this verse explaining our relationship with Him and how we produce fruit by His power. We must remain connected to Him just as a branch stays connected to a vine to grow and bear fruit. If we lose our connection, we start to die. We have to maintain our connection closely.
But what I want to focus on is this last word, NOTHING. Jesus says without Him, you and I can do nothing. It doesn’t mean we can do some things, or small things, it literally means NOTHING. (check other versions of this verse) The idea can be revolutionary to our thinking when it dawns on us that we can’t even breathe without His empowerment. Without the oxygen He supplies we are doomed. Completely blows self-reliance off the map, doesn’t it? This will hurt and be hardest to accept for those of us who have a self reliant bent. But push through that bent to accept this truth that you are utterly dependent on your Creator to make any kind of difference in this world. Think about it. He not only supplies air (much more efficiently than the old 80s group, I might add), but the strength and ability to move and get up every morning, let alone work and function in any other daily capacities. HE provides it all and without Him we not only can produce Nothing but we can become prideful and deceived into mutating the truth. Who do you think is behind that little faux pas? [Check back on the FLURISH Welcome page that pops up when you connect]. It is none other than satan, the father of lies (John 8:44) who specializes in subtle but quite effective deceptions. He is also the father of pride. As lucifer he was thrown out of heaven because he got too big for his britches. (Isaiah 14:12-15)
All of this to do about NOTHING is to transform our thought patterns and consciously be aware of how much we need Him moment by precious moment. It can increase our gratitude quotient as well. Sure doesn’t hurt our awareness of HIS constant presence either! Think it over…. until next time….
Shine on. . .