Remain in Him

John 15: 1-8  (v.7)
-"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you."

In reference to the verse quoted above the word “remain” means to be fixed, immovable, and not affected by circumstances.  In other words if we will keep meditating on God’s word, He will bring us through anything.

As I looked deeper into the meaning behind God’s words I came across thought provoking and amazing truths about God.  “I am the true vine” is the last of seven “I am” declarations of Jesus documented only in John.  Therefore, these “I am” proclamations tell us that it points to God’s unique and divine identity and purpose. Jesus said “I am the True Vine” to his closest friends and followers who were with Him before he would be crucified, which was only a little while before Judas would betray Him.  

I feel that Jesus wanted them to know, including Judas that He was not going to desert them, even though they would no longer enjoy His physical presence. His truth and spiritual being would continue to nourish and sustain them just as the roots and trunk of a vine produce the energy that nourishes and sustains its branches while it develops their fruit. Jesus wanted us to know that even though we cannot see Him, we are as closely connected with Him as the branches of a vine are connected with its stem. Our desire and energy to know and love Him and to tell others about Him will keep flowing into and through us as long as we are attached to Him as branches to a vine. This is why we must ‘remain in Him, remaining attached to the source of all spiritual life.

No branch can even live, let alone produce leaves and fruit, by itself. Cut off from the trunk, a branch is dead. Just as much as the vine’s branches rely on being connected to the trunk from which they receive their energy to bear fruit, Jesus’ followers and believers depend on being connected to Him for our spiritual life and the ability to serve Him effectively. The fruit we produce is that of the Holy Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Our source of life and energy and spiritual fruit is not in ourselves; it is outside us, in Jesus. We can live right, and serve Him effectively only if we are rightly connected with Him in a faith remained relationship.

So not only do we depend on connection with Jesus for spiritual energy to serve Him, we depend on Jesus for EVERYTHING, starting with our very life. “For in Him we live and move and have our being.” I’m just so glad and relieved to know that we can bear an abundance of fruit if we simply connect our branches’ to Jesus’s vine. Thank you Jesus!

My prayer is: "God, I set my heart on You knowing that You are faithful and that You simply are.  I trust that as I seek You and put You first, You will direct my steps. I choose to remain in You and follow your leading in everything I do. In Jesus name I claim blessings. Amen!"