Monday, October 24, 2011

Remain

I am the vine and you are the branches. Remain in me, and I in you - you will bear much fruit. 
Apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

I do a lot of stuff. I work with this student and I meet with that student - I volunteer in this middle school group - I work with this bunch of elementary kids. I do a lot of stuff and I hope that much of it bears fruit. I want to be planting little fruit seeds wherever I go.

The problem is... We love the image of the grapes and the vine and sticking close to the Lord - But we forget the second half of that verse.
Apart from the Lord I can do nothing. Are all my efforts in vain? Am I remaining in the Lord or am I attempting all this "stuff" in my own power? If I'm just a grape out there on my own, trying to make a difference - it will only last for so long. If I don't remain rooted to the vine - I cannot grow and I cannot see growth in others.

7 comments:

  1. How true.....we can do NOTHING apart from our Lord and Savior!

    Beautiful pic with the perfect scripture!

    Blessings~
    Laura

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  2. Awesome photo and awesome analogy of letting the Spirit work through us.

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  3. Lovely photo, made me want to click to see more!

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  4. this is lovely...love your words.

    mountain mama
    http://mountainmamablog.blogspot.com

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  5. LOVE this! Wonderful message!

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