Are You Connected?
I know many of you are more experienced in gardening practices than I am. I tried planting a garden this Spring and I'm battling poor soil, squirrels and forgetting to water enough. So far I've got few bean plants, some peas and corn stalks about 6 inches high. So what will be the final evidence that my garden is successful? That's easy! Beans, peas and corn!
In our passage this week, John 15:1-17, Jesus calls Himself the vine, the Father is the gardener and we are the branches. To be healthy we need to remain connected. Makes sense. But all too often, in real life, we try to live our lives without an intimate connection to Jesus. And that's like a branch trying to live without being connected to the vine. It just doesn't work.
Come prepared Sunday to examine whether you are maintaining that connection.