“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)
Christianity is a way of life. It is so much more than church on Sunday and a few “quiet times.” God cares about our every moment. Our emotions, our thoughts, our actions. There is not a second in the day that God is not aware of us. He desires that we think that way about Him. He wants us to have a relationship with Him that is 24/7. In his book, “Walking With God,” John Eldredge writes about key central issues in Christianity. He believes that the heart is central to the Christian life and that we are invited into a conversational intimacy with God. This is what Jesus was talking about. We remain in Him with our heart not our head. He remains in us as we are involved with Him in conversational intimacy. It is a deep relationship, one that demands that we attune ourself to Him. He is there. And as we remain in Him and He remains is us, we will produce the spiritual fruit that we were born to produce. Why? He made us that way. Jesus said it right. He said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.”
Jesus, I realize that apart from You I can do nothing. Forgive me for cutting myself off from the deep intimacy that You desire. Revive my heart, I pray. Bring life back to my soul and help me remain in You. In Your matchless name I pray.
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