This past week I broke my laptop charging cord. Turns out that without the cord, your laptop battery starts to die pretty quick. And with all the electronic stores that have closed over the past decade (Radio Shack, Circuit City, Fryes), I realized my only option was Amazon to get a new one...so I didn't have a way to charge my laptop for a WHOLE day. Actually, I enjoyed the day. I did some sermon prep reading, made some phone calls and worked on a few small projects around the church that I had been putting off. But, there were things I couldn't do because I just didn't have the power. I couldn't connect my laptop to a power source. I could see the power source; but I had no way to plug in to it.
The Christian life isn't much different. We need to be regularly connected to the power source (God) and without him we fade pretty fast. We can try to run on our own power for a while, but we will wear out. And just being near the power source won't cut it...we have to connect to it. Jesus didn't have a laptop, so he used the idea of a vine and branches. He said if you disconnect you won't be fruitful. You have to stay connected to the source of life.
John 15:4 "No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me."
Dear sisters and brothers, let us connect to the true source of life...Jesus!