Connecting to the Vine

Oct 5, 2011, Written by Sue Miley

4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4

Try taking this verse and the rest of John 15:1-17 literally.  You can do nothing outside of Jesus.  He wants us to bear fruit, but if we aren’t connected to Him it isn’t happening.

In Our Own Strength

We go to work each day.  We read trade magazines and business books.  We are doing everything we can to just do what we are doing.

Do we have the peace that Jesus promises?  Or are we worried how we will make payroll or how we will meet the customer’s timeline?

Are we bearing fruit consistently?  Is our business growing?  Is our team developing? Are we maintaining our health and our relationships?

If I Was Truly Dependent

I heard a sermon on these verses pretty recently and I couldn’t help but think that if I was truly dependent on Jesus things would be different.

Even in good times.

I wouldn’t fear the future.  I would have energy to approach problems as well as opportunities.  I would handle things with God’s grace and mercy.

If you go to church and read the bible regularly you know that it isn’t through works, but through faith that we are saved.  So, I read these verses and the first thing I think is what am I supposed to do?  If I do something isn’t that works?  If I am a Christian aren’t I already connected to the vine?

We Just Focus on Connecting to the Vine

The pastor must have been reading my mind because he said, “All we can do is connect to the vine!”  He agreed that it is pointless for us to try to bear fruit.  Fruit comes from remaining in the vine!

I want to challenge other Christians in business to do this with me.  Let’s focus on our connection to Jesus even in our business life.  Let’s try to:

  1. Meditate on John15:1-17.
  2. Ask Jesus for help and guidance each day before you start the day.
  3. Focus on loving God and loving Others.
  4. Review the day with God and give thanks.

I have a head start on you.  I started this a week ago when I heard this sermon.  By focusing on connecting to Jesus my world is changing.

It has changed before.  But to bear fruit I think a constant, healthy connection is necessary.

We Need Constant Connectivity

It is sort of like the plants in my office.  When I first got them I focused on keeping them healthy.  I watered them regularly, tried to make sure they received light, and even gave them some plant food.  They stayed strong and healthy.

Then I got busy and watered them when I remembered.  The only time I moved them was to turn the withering leaves to the back.  I haven’t given them any food in over a year.  Needless to say, they aren’t looking too good.  I feel like they are in a concentration camp.  I feel guilty when I look their way as I pass in the morning.

We are different than plants in that we have a loving, consistent, vine to connect to.  Yet just like the plants in my office, we need to be connected consistently in order to thrive, grow, and bear fruit.

I am praying for consistency for both me and you!  Will you join me?


 

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  1. AvatarChris Patton says

    Sue, I am with you!

    I just got back from Catalyst in Atlanta. One of the speakers there was Judah Smith and he spoke on something similar. He asked the simple question, “Since when is Jesus not enough?”

    I am convicted by these same verses, because like you, I try to DO all I can do (business books, blogs, conferences, etc.) to maintain my edge when I really need to start with Jesus.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  2. AvatarJC Elias says

    I am also with you. Through out my life God has reminded me that only because of Him am I ever successful at anything. If we maintain in God’s ways and put Him first in our lives He will prosper us in every way, including our businesses. After all, it simply is “all about Jesus” and our life’s purpose should be to bring Him glory. He will enable us to do so if we stay connected.

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Sue Miley

Sue Miley MBA, MA, LPC helps small business owners build successful businesses on a foundation of Christian values. After 20 years in business, and 10 years as a Christian counselor, Sue uses a combination of faith, business and psychology to help clients in business and in life.