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Dried Branches

Outside our back door, we have two narrow flower beds. We had guests coming for dinner, so I finally took the time to pull all the weeds from the beds (there were no flowers, but that’s a different article). As I pulled the weeds which were really just lawn grass, I laid them on the bricks that lined the bed. After pulling them, I went inside to cool off.  Less than an hour later, I returned to the flower beds with a garbage bag, to dispose of all the grass. Surprisingly, the grass had already lost its firmness and bright green color. In less than one hour, it went from healthy and vibrant to wilting and lifeless.

Jesus compared our relationship with him to a plant’s relationship to its source of nutrients. In John 15:4-6, he said,

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit 1of itself unless it abides in the vine, so 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, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned (John 15:4-6).

Has your spiritual life become lifeless and lacking in energy? Do you ever feel spiritually drained and dried out? Maybe you need to reconnect to the life-giving vine. How do you do that? In verse 7, Jesus explained how we remain connected with him: “if my words abide in you.” Need some refreshment? Plant yourself in his Word.