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A Short Meditation: Apart From Me You Can Do Nothing

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4“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. ~ John 15

This is huge. In all Scripture, Jesus gives us a watershed moment here.

Abiding is dwelling, being at our very core. ‘Abiding in Jesus and Jesus in you’ is a co-dwelling, a mutual dwelling, a communion whereby we are transformed.

The staggering wonder of abiding in the ‘vine’ is that we enter into a divine mystery, the unfolding of eternal life within us.

Without me you can do nothing ~ Selah

Let the thunder struck of these words sink into your heart and spirit.

Jesus didn’t give us a belief system, a creed to supersede the law.

Let me say it again. Jesus didn’t give us a set of beliefs, a creedal performance system.

Jesus gave himself, that we might receive himself and live a new life in him and him in us.

Hear it again, Apart from me, you can do NOTHING.

You can’t do it on your own. Jesus knows you can’t. He wants you to rest in him so that the flow of eternal life will move you, grow you, as a vine grows fruit.

He wants you to enter your rest in him, so that you can work out of that rest, to work out eternal life in our common everyday life.

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  • A timely and needful post. These words hit home hard for me:”He wants you to rest in him so that the flow of eternal life will move you, grow you, as a vine grows fruit.” as they reflect all that God has been teaching me about rest this year.
    It’s the secret to depending on grace, living victoriously, abiding peacefully, growing and sharing more abundantly. Thank you for this great reminder, Bob. I appreciate the words you share. Blessings 🙂

  • Wow! What a reply.
    Joy, I lost my best friend the day after I wrote this so I apologize for not getting up with you sooner. It ripped my heart out and it’s taken me some time to recover. Jeff was a real presence in my life, but it will be a real celebration to see him on the other side. Jeff’s the kinda of guy who would say to me, “Bob, I’ve been thinking about evolution, When was the last time you put your clothes in the dryer and they came out folded?” And he left it at that.
    Joy, you are a wonderful light in this world! Thank you for your great encouragement!

  • Oh I’m so sorry to hear that, Bob. Your best friend sounds like a great character and innovative thinker. I love the way he engaged you about evolution. So gently thought-provoking. My friend, you bless me greatly with your words and I like to let you know. There’s never any rush to reply. 🙂

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