“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5

Sometimes I wish I could have sat as Jesus’s feet, listening to His words and all the inflection He gave each of them, watching His facial expressions and the gesturing of His hands. Thankfully, the Greek language gives us a peek into what it must have been like for His disciples.

When Jesus refers to Himself as He says “Abide in Me…” and “He who abides in Me…” and “without Me…” the word “me” is a prolonged, or emphasized form of the word me.

“Abide (stay, continue, dwell, be present) in ME…”

I can almost hear His gentle pleading and see the passion in His eyes… “Don’t wander away, even for a moment, don’t get sidetracked, don’t try to find hope or purpose in anything or anyone else but ME!

In other words, don’t forget why we’re here. There’s so much we need to do in this life – make a living, raise a family, and all the other concerns in life that keep us busy – and those are good and well, but we can’t get so focused on any of those that we begin to abide in them instead of Christ.

He is to be the focus of our lives. Why? Because without Him we can do nothing, He says. We need the power that only He has in order to first, grow in Him, and second, to bear fruit.

I don’t know about you, but I want to be a healthy, vibrant, budding, fruitful branch abiding in the life-giving Vine.

Grace and peace,