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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Remaining 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.
While Jesus was teaching his disciples, he likened their relationship to that of the vine and the branch. Just like the branch cannot bear fruit separate from the vine, Jesus said unless you remain in me and I in you, you cannot bear fruit. This indeed is the New Testament mission to respond to Jesus by remaining in him. If he looked you in the eye right now he’d probably say, “Stay With Me!”
Later Jesus said in this same chapter, “Apart from me you can do nothing!” What would the world look like if we, “Jesus Followers,” just remembered this line by Jesus and obeyed it? Seriously! Apart from me, you can do nothing. I can’t help but doubt that the average Christian truly believes that. The competition levels in the Christian world are anathema to God. The backbiting and gossiping between Christian people make me wonder at times if some Christians have ever picked up a bible before, much less even read one. “Don’t run to another thrill.” Jesus is saying. “Don’t look for the new when you haven’t yet studied the old.” Jesus is saying. You may be wondering, “So what is Jesus saying?” I’ll tell you what I believe he’s saying. He’s saying, “Stay With Me!”
You are the vine, and I am the branch. I fully understand and believe that apart from you, I can do nothing. With all of my heart this AM, I will “Stay With You!” Amen