“If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. ”
John 15:6 (NIV)
Whenever I read Jesus’s words in John 15:6, I have a tendency to wince.
I don’t like the idea I could be thrown away. That I’d wither. Thrown into the fire and burned?!
But Jesus didn’t mince words because mincing words does us no favors.
Really, how can we expect God to use us if we aren’t connected to him? Just out there on our own, running off our own fleshly energy and fleshly desires? How many of us have pretended to do something for God when we were actually doing it for attention, status, money or popularity?
[Looks around nervously] Just me?
If we want to live a purposeful life, serving God and using our gifts to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, then we have to be connected to God or our efforts are worthless.
There, I said it!
It’s why so many celebrities plunge into depression, addiction and despair. They finally got what they wanted – they finally “had it all” – only to find it was an empty room. Meaningless and void.
Unless God gives it purpose, gives it meaning, prunes and shapes and defines … unless his purpose is our good purpose – our lives don’t add up to much more than kindling.
But with God? Oh dear, get ready. It will be so fulfilling, so joyous, so satisfying. Fruit that feeds the soul.
A little something to think about.