We live in a world where cell phones have become a part of our everyday lives. We can surf the internet, watch movies, type papers, text and talk on the phone with these hand-held devices. We have become so accustomed to these little “miracle” devices, that we hardly remember life before them.
One thing I have come to observe is our dependency on having a strong connection to the wi-fi on these devices. Some people become quite frustrated with the lack of a strong connection when trying to surf the internet, talk on the phone, or watch a movie.
Just as these devices depend on a strong connection, in the same way, God desires a strong relationship and connection with us in order to communicate with us clearly and accurately.
The Bible says in St. John 15:1-8, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, 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, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so, you will be My disciples.”
As long as our relationship and connection remain strong to the vine, God says that we can bear much fruit. If we ever lose this, we are moving in our own strength and apart from God.
Relationship and connection to others is important also. When I was younger, we used to sing a song in school, and some of the words were,
“No man is an island; no man stands alone. Each man’s joy is joy to me, each man’s grief is my own. We need one another, so I will defend. Each man as my brother, each man as my friend.”
God created us for relationship and connections with Him and also with others. We NEED one another! May God continue to strengthen our relationship and connection to Him and others.
This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It!