Have you ever tried turning on your laptop when it was out of battery? You probably had to plug it into its source before it came to life. Similarly, this Scripture suggests that it is impossible for us to "come to life" without being "plugged into" God--our Source.
However, it's often tempting to want to do things on our own without being connected to God. But not only is this useless, it is also impossible! Just as it's impossible for a branch to bear fruit without staying connected to the vine, we cannot produce any lasting fruit without relying 100% on God. Things means that we need to give all of ourselves to Him: our time, fears, desires, talents, dreams, problems, etc. Don't just be connected to Him during your quiet time, but stay connected to Him throughout your entire day through prayer. And if you ever catch yourself trying to accomplish tasks and face struggles through your own strength, simply plug yourself back to the Source--just like you do when your laptop runs out of battery.
If we do this--if we "stay plugged into" God throughout the day and continue obeying Him--then John 15:7 says that we can ask Him for anything, and it will be given to us (as long as it's in accordance with His will). Isn't that much better than trying to produce fruit on our own?
- List specific ways that you can stay "connected to the vine". +2 pts
- Do you often find yourself facing the challenges of life on your own rather than through God's? +2 pts
- What is the biggest struggle you face in following God's teachings? +2 pts
- Describe a time when God gave you something that you had prayed for. +2 pts
- Discuss your own reflection of this Scripture (as I did above -- at least one paragraph). +5 pts