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Certain things only function well when they’re attached. A trailer can’t move forward without being attached to a vehicle. A passenger or freight car on a train can’t reach its destination without being connected to an engine. Fruit can’t be produced without being attached to a tree or vine.
Jesus used this latter illustration to describe the greatest need in our lives — the need for attachment to Him. Look at what He said in John 15:5 (NLT) “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.”
The last phrase in this verse should arrest us, “… apart from me you can do nothing.”
What if we really believed this? What difference would it make in our lives? What would we do, and what would we do differently if we truly understood that detachment from Jesus results in fruitlessness in us?
Jesus is calling us to be deeply connected to Him and dependent on Him. He wants to be included in all that we do. He wants to be a vital part of every activity, every decision, every relationship in our lives. And when He is included, and when we do depend on Him, positive things are promised and produced.
How about you? Are you living an attached or detached life with Jesus?