• April Harper

Vine and the Branches

I am a true achiever. I feel great about myself when I am accomplishing things, and bad about myself when I am unproductive. That is how I am wired and my enneagram3 speaks to this. Any other 3s out there? I was talking with a friend the other day about "remaining". Like what does that really mean? "Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me." John 15: 1-5 We all get this right? We can't produce fruit without God. But, this has meant so much more to me lately. I can't even write this without tearing up because I am so humbled by how much God cares for me and YOU. I see now that this isn't a warning that we can't do great things without God, (because we all see tons of people who aren't following God, but are accomplishing awesome things). It's that with every decision and situation, all we need to do is quiet ourselves before God for a few moments, be in his presence, let ourselves just LISTEN to what he is saying to us. All the good things that he wants to do with our lives are going to happen because of our hearts knowing that it is all through him. I need this truth and promise from God that remaining in him, abiding in him, quieting myself before him is the key to living a full and rich life as a Christ-follower. When my achiever self starts thinking it is the vine and that my to-do list, coffee, and will power is going to produce great things, I must remember, I am just the branch, and thank the Lord Almighty! He is caring for me and giving me the source of life, and I am not in charge.

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