John 15:5-6 ” I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”

I think the most thought provoking phrase in these verses is, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” Now immediately our fleshly nature bristles at this statement and rejects the notion that we can’t take care of ourselves. But frankly, we can’t…we’re not skilled enough, competent enough, or powerful enough to do this life on earth alone…we need Jesus. We need that life-giving union between Jesus and us in order to be the very best person we can be. For as we stand firm with Him, He nurtures and sustains us as a young shoot grafted onto the vine.

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