Advent Devotionals: Day 7

The Vine

John 15:5 - “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (NASB)

I love my Christmas tree. It is beautiful with all the twinkly lights sparkling their announcement that it is Christmas time. Truth is it would not look as lovely in my living room without the lights. The connection in the electrical outlet to the power source turns on the lights.  

This reminds me of the illustration Jesus used about the vine. He is the vine. He is the source that empowers us to produce the fruit. Jesus declares: “for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  Picture what the vine does for the branches. The vine provides the nutrients, stability and support. The vine carries along the branches. As the vine travels along the fence the branches follow.

This Christmas season am I abiding in Christ, trusting in His decisions and following His direction? Am I prone to do it on my own without trusting in Christ? Am I being nourished through His Word and prayer? Can I trust the Lord to make my life fruitful for His glory? Am I a conduit of God’s power?

Prayer: Praying that I will stay connected to Christ this Christmas season. He is the source that will make my light twinkle for Him.
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