So we used to use these things called land lines to make phone calls. You actually had to have the corded connection to talk to someone, like a branch needs to be connected to the vine to receive nutrients to produce fruit. It’s a simple analogy. Connection = Living. Disconnection = Dying. Jesus says our relationships, and our relationship with God is like that. For a relationship to flourish, there must be connection and communication. Without it, a relationship fades and withers away. However, a strong connection promotes growth.
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself, but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything. My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples. “(John 15:4-5, 8 CEB)
So, the question is this, how do you nurture your relationships for growth? It takes time, effort, and communication.
Deeper yet: How, when, and what are you doing to nurture your relationship with God? God is ready, willing, and wanting to provide you what you need to produce the fruit, and when you do, it’s to God’s glory.
Prayer: Lord, help me stay connected to you. Amen.