“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. 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.” (John 15:4-5)
The key to a fruitful life and ministry is not activism but abiding. It is not incessant activity but prayer. Unless we move from autonomy to obedience, from independence to dependence, and from control to surrender we can never hope to bear the fruit that Jesus designed us to bear—that only comes by abiding.
And abiding is not as much about trying, as it is about joining. It is being joined to the very life of God in a profoundly intimate way. It is allowing the life of God to flow in and then through us. Thus, it is not something we can produce or manufacture, but something that must be grown organically.
Lord Jesus, you are the vine, and we are the branches, never let us forget that. Forgive us when we try to manufacture and produce what can only be grown by abiding in you. Help us to learn how to do that. Amen.