4 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.
5 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. (John 15:4-5)
One of the synonyms of abide is stick to.
If i fix this into the above text, it reads;
4 Stick to me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it stick to the vine; no more can ye, except ye stick to me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that sticks to me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
The challenge we have today is that most of us don’t like sticking to things. We love the idea of having a level of independence to ourselves. We like to think we don’t really need people that much. We have been brainwashed into this ideology of ‘you can do it all alone’, ‘you can be a super and wonderwoman’. We crave for independence. We cut off anyone who we think is depriving us of this.
What we stick to have the ability to control us. The word control has been abused in our society. Most times, it comes across as a negative word. But the truth is that we all need to be controlled. A train that is not controlled and restricted by her tracks is bound to crash.
So what am i trying to say? When we stick to God, we are giving Him the chance to control us. Notice the fact that we are to stick to Him. It isn’t the other way round. God doesn’t force Himself into us. He gives us the decision whether to stick to Him or not.
Let me try and paint a mental picture to you. Think about a tree and it’s branches. The branches are stuck to the vine. The branches are benefiting from the vine. If the vine is contaminated, the branches will be also because it feeds from the vine.
How beautiful is it to know that God wants us to be stuck to Him so He can control us? Another beautiful thing is that God can never be contaminated. He is pure. He only produces things that are good. So when we are stuck to Him, we bear His kind of fruits – good fruits.
When God is in control of our lives, He helps us to bear fruits that will last (John 15:16). We start producing the fruits of the spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). These fruits help us become better humans who truly reflect who their Father is.
The same way we bear good fruits when we are stuck to God, we also bear bad fruits when we are stuck to the devil.
Some of us are not producing good fruits because we stick to God today and pull ourselves out from Him the next day. We don’t give ourselves the time to draw nutrients from the vine. We are so impatient. We are always having a plan B. We don’t want to spend time nourishing plan A until it develops and start bearing fruits. We don’t want to spend time studying the word and praying and meditating on God’s word; allowing His word to permeate our souls. We pray today and read the bible for 2 minutes. If we don’t get what we want, we pull ourselves away from God and run to plan B and then we wonder why we are not growing.
Remain stuck to God. Stay in there and watch your fruits blossom.
Blessings to you! 🙂