The alarm went off at 5:50 am. It was time to get up and get ready for work. I began my day by thanking God for waking me up and allowing me to see another day. After that, I picked my phone up off of the nightstand and began to log in for work. I tried a couple of times but it didn’t work. I troubleshooted by turning my phone off and waiting a few seconds and then turned it back on. I still got the same message, “not connected to the server.” I thought in my head that I would just wait until I got to work to sign in. I just needed to be there by 7:15 am. and that shouldn’t be a problem.
I began to get dressed and turned on the tv like I always do. I like to watch the news while I am getting dressed so I can know what the weather will be like as well as the traffic; especially since I work in Atlanta. The traffic in Atlanta is something else. The tv came on but the picture was stuck and I was unable to change the channel. I tried changing it with the voice command control as well as manually. Nothing worked, so I picked up my phone and dialed the cable company. To my dismay, there was an outage in my area and it affected my cable and internet. I couldn’t watch the news to see what was going on in Atlanta nor could I log in for my job with Atlanta Public Schools. I felt so lost without the connection to the internet.
That’s how it is when we are not connected to our source. We feel lost and helpless and unable to do anything. John 15:5-7 says the following words…I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
To “abide” means to remain or stay connected to. As believers, we are called to abide in Him; to stay close to Him. (like a branch attached to a vine) We must continue to read and study God’s word. We must abide in His love, listen and obey. When we do this, we will bear much fruit. And when we bear much fruit, we will please and glorify our Heavenly Father.
What are some ways that you stay connected to Christ? Let us continue to stay close and connected to Him and bear MUCH fruit! HE is our source!