4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

John 15:4-8

Abide in the vine. It seems as though the action is a non-action. The verb feels stagnant, still, stale, yet the verse says that whoever abides in God, as God abides in him, shall bear much fruit. See, also, that you can do nothing, apart from abiding in Him. In short, the Word is saying that the time of abiding, dwelling, and staying in The Vine who is Jesus, is not unproductive, but fully functional, agile, active, and alive.

This shouldn’t surprise us because we have a Living God, One who continues to move in and through all of us even today. He hasn’t stopped and has been moving for all eternity within the Trinity, in us, and all of creation. Others may be on break this summer, but not God; He has not pressed the Pause button on the wonderful work that He started in us and our community.

So let’s stay connected to the Vine, through His Word and His church, shall we?

 

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