“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Origin: From a Latin word connectere, [from con– ‘together’ + nectere ‘bind’.].
Meaning: Bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established. Join together, link with, associate with …(Google dictionary)
The Bible verses above give an apt illustration of staying connected to God. Inferring from them we learn a couple of things-
“Abide in me, and I in you…”– We are enjoined to stay connected to Him, and He promises to remain so with us. It’s a clear instruction, not a suggestion or plea. Most times when we challenge God and ask “Where are You?” He never left us but we rather have drifted away from Him.
“…As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine…”;- This is a simple fact of life. A branch cannot survive on its own but a tree can survive on its own. A branch solely depends on the tree for every nutrition it needs and the ability to bear fruit.
“…no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” Likewise, we cannot achieve anything that will have eternal value except we stay connected to God. Our lives cannot bear the fruits of godliness and fulfilment of purpose except it’s connected to God.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches:” Christ is the Vine, the Tree of Life, the Source, the Origin and Originator, the Well-Spring of Living Water and the Creator. We need Him because we are the branches, the created. Our existence depends on Him and our lives would be meaningless, gradually fade away without Him.
“He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” – We are at our best when we abide in Him, when we are connected to Him. Without Him, we will not achieve much. No matter what we may physically achieve, if He’s not part of it, it has no eternal value or spiritual worth. Without Him we can do nothing except we are connected with Him.
How do we know we are connected to Him? We would have the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts and will be in constant relationship with Him, we will have a vibrant eagerness and hunger for the Word of God, for spiritual matters, we would experience His love in us and would be eager to share His love to others, we would have a desire to always come and abide in His Presence and to always do what He wants, we would always hear His words drop in our hearts through different means when He speaks to us, our lives would bear fruits that will remain- fruits of righteousness, character and faith.
Stay connected to God.
Daily prompt: Connected