“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (NLT)
These were some of Jesus’ last words to His disciples before He went to the Cross.
His promise to His disciples is eternal and applies to us today. When we walk closely with Jesus, we will have open access to everything. Without Jesus we’ll live unfruitful and unfulfilling lives. The key to staying fruitful is staying connected.
We stay connected to Jesus when we are an active part of His body.
A hand that is disconnected from a body is powerless, and honestly, useless. A hand that is connected and working in unity with the body is a powerful tool.
The lie that so many Christians have told themselves is that they don’t need to be part of a body (church) to be fruitful in the kingdom of God. They attempt to live the Christian life alone, isolated from their brothers and sisters in Christ. This doesn’t mean that they can’t do good works or mature in their relationship with Jesus, but their separation leaves them without a support system.
We should be like branches that connect to a vine, so when we struggle and want to quit, we aren’t alone.
When we connect, we draw strength from the vine. We can look to our right and our left and see other Christians succeeding and their testimony will encourage us. It’s easy to lose faith when we’re by ourselves, but when we surround ourselves with other believers, they can lift us back up.
“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NLT)
Connection to the Body of Christ gives us support in our time of need and a place to bear much fruit.
Let us never believe or think that we have to make it alone. We’re created to be connected. We find support in connection. We find power in connection. It’s only in Him that we’ll bear much fruit, and that will lead to satisfaction.
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)