“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me” (John 15:5).
To everyone who wants to be a good Christian—whether a Christian father, mother, preacher, disciple, neighbor, or servant—Jesus gives this message: “you can do nothing without me.”
Your salvation depends entirely on Jesus. It’s all by His grace. But you can’t live out your salvation without total dependence upon Him, either.
The branch does not have an independent existence from the vine. It has no life of its own or any power to produce fruit. That depends on the vine, just as the fruitfulness of your life depends on Jesus’ life working through you.
Andrew Murray says,
“A deep conviction of the truth of this word lies at the very root of a strong spiritual life…It is as a person believes this that he will take up that position of entire and continual dependence that is the very essence of the life of faith. With the spiritual eye he sees Christ every moment supplying grace for every breathing and every deepening of the spiritual life” (Murray, The True Vine, pp. 49-50).
Will the branch of your life produce fruit? It all depends.
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