“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me, you can do nothing.”-John 15:5
I don’t know about you, but I often find myself wandering aimlessly like a sheep, seeking after my own way. I mindlessly pursue temptations and interests, arguments and distractions. When I finally look up, I wonder how I have ended up so far from God. As the old hymn says, we believers are “prone to wander” (Robinson, 1757).
When we think about sheep, this makes sense, but how does a branch wander off? It can’t. A branch stays connected to the vine unless a gardener comes and removes it or it dies; it cannot simply choose to leave.
We haven’t broken free from the vine, rather, we have forgotten that we are connected to it and that we receive our nourishment from it. I think Jesus is reminding us that we are already in him. God’s life is currently flowing into us by his Spirit through the vine, Jesus. What we must do is pay attention and remember our connection.
Jesus, when I lose focus, it is so easy for me to worry and to chase after unholy pursuits. Help me to remember, moment by moment, that I am in you and you are in me and that my life flows from you. Amen.