Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15: 4-5
We can be ambitious. We get excited when we think about our dreams and the life we desire to live. There is nothing wrong with being excited about good things happening to us. In the process of living our dreams we lose sight of what is important. We are caught up in the carving out of our path that we forget the reason we started on our journey. We forgot our inspiration. We forgot the One who inspired us.
Take a walk in a park after a storm and one thing you will see is fallen branches. The storm came and its strength test the strength of branches relationship with the tree. The weak branches fall, the strong branches remain. When we follow our dreams, adversity comes. If we are connected to the spirit we can rest under the shadow of God. Knowing our connection to Him is what will carry us through the storm. When we are out on a limb, trying to fight the storm ourselves. We are carried away by the winds of the storm. The point is the storm is not meant to destroy us but to draw us closer to God. To turn from doing things our way and abide in His way. For with God all things are possible, without God nothing is sustainable.
Abiding in Christ does not keep us from the adversity but gives us peace in the midst of it. We can have confidence that every dream and promise we were given will happen. When we lose our life we find our identity in God. We free ourselves from the weight of performance and rest in God's performance. Giving us inspiration to inspire. Filling us with love to love. Pushing us to dream bigger and go further in life. We become one with God and His plan for our life and our identity is found in Him. When people see us, they see God abiding in us. The branch is no longer seen individually, it is seen as apart of the tree. When we lose our life we become part of something bigger than anything we could do alone. We become apart of the presence of God and His presence consumes our lives in a way that touches the lives of those that are within our reach.
Until next time....