“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Jesus is the vine, the source of life, character, and true effectiveness and I am a believing disciple in union and communion with HIM. HE has placed me into HIM.
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:16-17
I need to moment by moment remain in a trusting relationship of total dependence upon the LORD Jesus the vine. I must recognize that I have no power, life, or ability to bear an effective loving life apart from HIM. I have no ability to produce real good works outside of HIS life flowing through me. Every action of love that I have ever done is really the result of the LORD Jesus’ life in me.
The more I can really remember and rely on this reality then I can cooperate with this process of bearing the fruit of God’s love and love for God in my life. I can glorify the Father and the Son for making this possible. I can deeply believe that without the LORD Jesus I can do nothing worth doing for the kingdom of God. My effectiveness is 100% dependent on HIM and HIM alone.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galatians 2:20
So all my worship, prayer, bible reading, meditation, practicing HIS presence while living and working, needs to be aimed at experiencing the reality of the relationship HE has given me and recognize the wonder of my abiding life that is “IN HIM.” To feel and seek to allow the flow of HIS life in me to accomplish HIS will on earth as in heaven is the ultimate goal I should have.