“Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.” John 15:4
Before we were born, God created us in our mother’s womb with a predisposition to Himself. He created us in such a way, that at our core we would have a desire for something greater; something greater that could only be filled by Him. And if not attended to, it would get covered up by all of life’s responsibilities, desires, and demands.
During some personal time with God, He helped me understand how important it is to have Him in the right position of my life. He spoken into my heart, “All you have to do is stay connected to the Vine and the fruit will grow. Spending time with Me should become a habit like brushing your teeth, or filling your stomach with food. Our time together develops a regular appetite for Me in your life. Over the course of your life, habits that draw you away from Me have already been developed. So even though I created you with the natural disposition to My presence, it can become covered up by things in life, like boxes stacked one on top of the other; putting the box you think you need the least at the bottom of the pile…Me. Then, life’s other responsibilities begin to get piled on top of My box. So when life gets crazy, and you need Me, you have to fight to get passed all the other “boxes” that have covered Me up. There has to come a time when a re-positioning happens in a person’s life when all those other things get removed and I become a priority, and placed in the highest position.”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NKJV
Many times, we decide to take care of our own business first, and when we feel up to it, or if we have the time, then we take care of God’s business. This is not what He desires. He wants true fellowship with His children. He craves for us to be close to Him at all times.
He doesn’t want what is left of us, but He wants all of us.
We tend to put God on the back burner because of the things piled up in our lives that overshadow His presence and importance in our lives. As a result, we become self-reliant and dull in comparison to what He originally intended. He longs to be our one and only source and for us to cling to Him, but instead we have allowed life, in many ways, to make us blind and deaf to Him.
“For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.” Jeremiah 13:11 ESV
Reflect on your life and ask yourself, “What has caused my ears and eyes to be closed to Christ?” Then ask Him to search you and reveal the root of this.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:24-25
God loves to examine us. With every examination, our eyes and ears open up more and more to the areas of our lives that we have become closed off to our Father. This draws us into Him, and it strengthens our relationship. He is our lifeline, and we can do nothing truly good and fruit producing without Him.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV
One day while sitting at the lake, as I quieted myself to hear the Lord speak, He told me, “When you spend time with Me, it gives Me the opportunity to pour things into you, and to also take some things out of you; things you don’t even realize are present in your life. It allows Me to place things on your heart to pray for, in your life and in the world. It brings humility and plants seeds within you. And when you continue to come to Me, even when things are rough in your life, I am still able to produce good fruit in your life for people to eat on and be nourished.”
Our Creator loves working on us, even in the harsh weather life brings. Some of the greatest adversities in our lives produce some of the most amazing fruit. Some of the greatest pain we experience has the potential to create incredible beauty in the lives of others.
It’s not easy staying connected to the Vine in the midst of all of lives responsibilities and burdens, but the only way to produce Godly fruit is to stay in continuously connected to Christ. He wants to show His glory through us and to us. Reflect on where you have placed Him in your life, and ask Him to help you put Him in His proper place. Draw closer to Him and watch the beauty that begins to blossom through and in your life.