January 26, 2019
Connecting to the Power
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. – John 15:1-2
Recently, I was called to help with a malfunctioning plastic shrink-wrap machine. The workers told me they had pulled it out for cleaning, and it would not run when it was plugged back in. The cord was checked and the breaker was examined and reset several times. Before I received their call, they had also pushed the on/off button several times, but still could not get it to run.
Without power, that machine was useless—nothing more than a pile of metal. So I rolled the machine out and walked to the back of it. There I found a disconnecting switch that was turned off. After turning the switch on and pushing the start button, the machine began to run.
The thought came to me, I can look like a Christian, I can act like a Christian, and I can talk like a Christian, but unless I am totally connected to Christ through real salvation, His power will not be flowing through me and I will be useless to God.
That’s part of what Jesus was trying to tell us in John 15. God has provided all we need; our job is to make sure we are connected to Him. We make an initial connection to Him by asking for forgiveness of our sins, and we maintain that connection by forsaking our former sinful habits and choosing to obey His teachings. As we take care to ensure that our connection is secure, we can trust that the power of God will always flow through us and give us victory. And, just as production was restored when the shrink-wrap machine was connected to its power source, we can also expect to produce good things as we walk through life connected to God. Our lives will produce many good fruits if we are connected to the True Vine.