John 15:5 NIV “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.“
I think that this is probably one of the greatest truths that Jesus ever gave us. It is where everything in essence starts and it is where literally everything finishes. Everything else is for lack of better words, just us spinning our wheels or us doing our thing and hoping it aligns with what God wants. We need to be in Christ and He in us, to be walking in the will of the Father. It’s just the way that it is.
I can’t claim to be successful at doing this, staying connected to Jesus, all of the time. I’ve spoken of the connection that I try to maintain, the oneness with God that I frequently have. But sometimes there are dry spells and sometimes life happens and my focus is distracted and sometimes my own personality raises it’s ugly head and I know from experience that it means I need to spend more time in His Word and more time in sincere heartfelt prayer.
And sometimes when I go to God in prayer, the words aren’t there because I feel like I am depleted, tired, in need of a recharge of His touch, His nod to go ahead and a connection or awareness that I know He hears me, that I am still one of His sheep and that He is still my shepherd. When my weaknesses again become self apparent to me, I know from experience that there is only one source that can keep me on track or in the groove that I need to be in. I know people say that we shouldn’t rely on feelings, and I understand that, but I also believe that like a man and a woman become one in marriage, there is an awareness of that union where that union or oneness is internally felt. When things are alright between a husband and wife, both know it and when they aren’t, both know it. I think our awareness of that union is similar to our union with God, where we too, God and us, become one in union. I don’t have doubts about God any more, that left me somewhere in the past. I know that He’s there, I know that He loves me and that He loves all of His children.
Jesus is my shepherd, since I gave my life to Him, He always has been, it’s just sometimes I forget and sometimes I don’t take the time to look for Him, to wait on Him. That’s always a big mistake. Everything, everything, starts with Jesus and everything, everything finds it’s completion in Jesus. If we don’t see that, I think we’re fooling ourselves. Nothing is too small, absolutely nothing, to bring to Him. And we do need Him, every day, every hour and literally every minute.
My best prayers are the honest heartfelt prayers, when I admit to Him of my need for His guidance in my life. When I admit to my own inadequacy, my shortfalls, my weaknesses in just about every conceivable area that I can think of. He is my hope. My weaknesses are overcome by His strengths. He is knowledge. He is compassion. He is justice. He is truth. He is the straight path. He is love. He does the Father’s will, always.
We all need to maintain that connection, He is our shepherd, He is our Lord.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!