We are a generation that tends to focus on productivity than connectivity. We are wont to focus on the end product than the process that begins it all. Sometimes we want production without a connection. We are more bothered about our fruits than we are about our roots! The root is what produces the fruit, but as simple as that is we don't just get it! We go pursuing the fruits while we ignore the root!
Wasn't that the essence of Matthew 6:25-33 where Jesus said to stop worrying about the fruit and concentrate on the root: 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all else are by-products of this connection!” Simple but maybe not easy, but that's what we are commanded to do.
This is the essence of the message of the Vine, Jesus wanted us to know that for every resource we need in life He is the source and that as long as we are rooted in Him we will be fruitful in life! He makes it clear: '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.'(John 15:5)
Whatever severs our relationship from God frustrates our destiny in life! Therefore our focus must be on maintaining that connection, that relationship that guarantees our future!
One of the things the flesh makes us do is to focus on the fruits of our relationship with him rather than be rooted in Him. So the first thing that severe our connection with the vine is the wrong focus!
Jesus knew this would be a major challenge for people following him so he said, "Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed."(John 6:26-27)
Our spiritual labor should be on having a relationship with the vine and not about getting fruits from the vine. Once we are rooted in Him we will be fruitful in life!
The wrong focus is the reason for our limited results. That songwriter says, 'Turn your eyes upon Jesus'! That's where our focus should be as the branch, to remain connected to the vine! The scripture says "they look to him they were lightened and their faces were not ashamed"
The right focus will bring the right result! David knew this so he said 'I will look up to the hill from whence cometh from, my help comes from the Lord"(Psalm 121:1)
Where will you look today, to your problems or to your maker? Why are you seeking Him, to have roots in Him or to get fruit from Him? Re-align your focus and you would have re-aligned your destiny.
As long as we have roots in him we will bear fruits in life. 2 Kings 19:30, "And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward'. When our roots are down in God, we will bear fruits in life. So the whole essence of our Christian experience is maintaining our connection with God.
One other thing that disconnects our roots from the vine is found in Isaiah 59:1-2, 'Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,’ Sin breaks fellowship and spiritual connectivity and without connection there is no production. This is why David quipped, 'how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?’ We cannot maintain a strong spiritual fellowship on a wrong spiritual footing - sin estranges our relationship with the father!
It's no surprise then that many are without fruits because they are without roots, sin has estranged and cut off that precious fellowship and without that fellowship, there is no future!
It's been the devil's old trick to always cut off our roots and connection in other to put us in isolation and then destruction. First it was in the Garden of Eden, but Hallelujah Jesus came and restores us to the father, but still, our "adversary is still like a roaring lion going about seeking whom he may devour". Jesus said the devil came to me and 'had none of his' in me! That must be our determination - to not allow the unprofitable works of darkness severe our relationship with the vine!
Dr. David Oyedepo said, "when sin goes signs will flow". This is what someone reading this needs to do right now - let go of that age long addiction and sinful habits for 'sin shall not have dominion over you'(Romans 6:14). For when you do that you will experience fruitfulness on another level!
The whole essence of our Christian experience is maintaining a strong connection with God. We cannot have a strong fellowship on a strong spiritual footing! There can be no sweet fellowship in a strange land. This is what sin does to us. It estranges us from God and also defiles us! Daniel said in Daniel 1:8 that the king’s meat defiles! Sin defiles, but righteousness refines! This is where the word of God comes in! It washes us spiritually clean from every sin and helps us to maintain a connection with God!
Jesus said in that same John 15:3 that ye are clean "through the word" I have spoken unto you. Also Ephesians 5:26 describes the process of the purification and sanctification taking place by the word of God! A process which Jesus earlier talked about again in John 17:7,"Sanctify them by thy truth, thy word is truth". But really it’s the Psalmist that said this earlier in Psalm 119:9 that it is only by taking heed to the word that we remain clean in the world! Sanctification is maintained by continual revelation! This is what the word does!
‘9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word’
The word maintains our connection with the vine by washing us inside out so that we remain in a state of constant purification and sanctification. This is why he said if we 'abide in the word' he will abide with us and we would ask what we will and it shall be done unto us (John 15:7).
‘7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you’
The word is what maintains our connection with the vine life!
The vine is Jesus - he said I am "the true vine". And without the life of the vine, we are useless in life (John 15:5). Sin disconnects us from this life. But when we are always washed in the word, the word purifies and sanctifies our every thoughts and action helping us to stay connected to this vine life!
Have you been immersed in the word lately? It's time to get into that word for total cleaning and infilling with the life of God. Reading POWERTALK daily blog post is not enough or any other broadcast! The real source of life is eating the word; never let any other books or other readings substitute that for you. Selah!