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. KJV
I can’t do a thing apart from Him.
I know the context of the verse is talking about bearing fruit. Of course, it is true that I cannot bear any kind of quality fruit if I am not in the Vine.
But, the reality that the Lord is driving home for me is that I am not capable of anything apart from Him.
What is excluded from “nothing?”
Anything I do is included in that. Everything I do is included in that. Nothing is excluded from that.
Without Him I am useless.
Aside from the fruit-bearing and the normal spiritual stuff we relate to the concept, I am being turned to look at the realities of my existence on this plane at this time.
I can’t even brush my teeth without Him.
The Lord is to be in and a part of absolutely everything that I do.
The following may be somewhat crass, but it is still a good illustration of the point:
My wife came into the room all excited one day, because she had been able to have a bowel movement. No, there had not been any problems before. Yes, she was doing well at the time. But, it occurred to her while in the midst of the business that the Lord had made her body, and He had made it to function well. For that she was giving Him the glory.
That made me realize how often I take things for granted about this life.
It is for certain that if we were to have a difficulty with that particular function of the body, we would get all excited and praise the Lord when it was restored to its proper health.
Then, why not give thanks when it is working properly–before it goes awry?!?
He is my all and in all.
Apart from Jesus, I can do nothing.
Apart from Jesus, I am nothing.
Note: there are others who are writing on themes contained within the 15th chapter of John’s gospel. Check it out and be blessed.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: KJV
This verse stood out to me this morning in a way like never before.
The Lord is showing us through the language here that the whole thing–grace, salvation, faith–the whole kit and kaboodle is of Him.
I can’t even brag about or claim any part in the faith that I have, because it is not something that I have. It is something that I have been given.
I have been given the faith to believe. I have been given the grace to receive. I have been given the salvation from sin, from dead works, from going my own way in my own strength.
It is all of Him.
I bow myself before the Father.