“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”
We all know that to wither, a branch will become dry and sapless. But do we accept the reason this happens in our abiding in Christ? It is a solemn thought that any of God’s children would ever become withered, but do we? The things in this life distract our attention so; to the point that we become negligent to the need of our quiet time with Jesus, the real need to abide in Christ. It is an urgent need that we sometimes ignore.
God has blessed us with so many wonderful things to enjoy in this earthly life and we are naturally drawn to them, there is no sin in that, but we must remember He is a jealous God for our love and attention. His first commandment we know is: “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3. We do not have a natural desire to draw near to God, it is cultivated as we exercise our love and trust in Jesus, the practice of being in His Word daily along with prayer, growth begins taking place and the desire increases and the joy fills our hearts.
Life with Christ is an awesome journey but I’m learning the more time I spend abiding in Jesus, the Vine, the greater His supply to me, the Branch, He gives all that I need to live a victorious life; filled with the peace that passes understanding. Oh, the joy of growing in the wisdom and joy of the life in Christ Jesus! There are a couple of verses in a poem I found that encourages the heart that is inclined to being a “Branch” the author, Freda Hanbury,
“Only A Branch.”
Oh, struggle not to “abide,” Nor labor to “bring forth fruit,” But let Jesus unite thee to Himself, As the Vine’s Branch to the root. So simple, so deep, so strong that union with Him shall be: His life shall forever replace thine own, and His love shall flow through thee; For His Spirit’s fruit is love, and love shall thy life become, and for evermore on His heart of love thy spirit shall have her home.