A few weeks ago, I went to visit my boyfriend’s family. It was my first time meeting them and I was a bit nervous, but everything went smoothly. They are the kind of folk that are easy to get on with, laid back and peaceful, kind and friendly. The first day we spent with them, my boyfriend and I took his neices on a ride around the county so he could show me around and spend time with them. They were twins of about eight or nine years old, both very inquisitive and excitable, as most young children are. As we rode around, we all were commenting about the greenery that we passed by. One of my favorite plants to look at were the vines. I explained to the girls how the vines needed to grow on the trees or on walls because they weren’t strong enough to support themselves any other way.
This got me to thinking about how very much like vines we people are. Even vine with rather thick “trunks” are not firm and stable enough to grow straight up out of the ground as trees and flowers do. There must be something else stronger than themselves on which they can grow in order for them to reach sunlight and flourish. People are no different. People who try to exist solely on their own end up burnt out and in the shadows because their vine gets bent. But when we grow on the Lord, we are able to reach heights that we couldn’t reach before, to live in the light, and to flourish.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in Him, bears much fruit, for without Me, you can do nothing.”
Even Jesus was a vine, and he abided in the Father. It was His fellowship and intimacy with His Father that enabled Him to lead the sinless life that He did, to minister to all the people who sought Him, and to walk humbly through the sacrifice of His own life for the sake of the salvation of the world. If Jesus, who is perfect, could not live in separation, neither can we. The people in the Scriptures who awe me the most are the ones who came before the Law, before the Psalms, before the prophets and the Gospels. The ones lie Enoch, Noah, and Abraham who nothing in writing, no spiritual resources other than what nature was around them and what their fathers may have taught them about the Lord. Those men walked righteously and maintained a strong relationship with God with nothing but God Himself. Would that we could be that way, could know that faith.
You need Christ. You need His forgiveness, His guidance, His love. You need His strength and support in your life. You might be able to make it through this life by the skin of your teeth with yourself and a few good friends and family members, but you won’t make it into eternal life without Him. That is a guarantee.
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through Me.”