Cut Off



Key Bible Verse: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” (John 15:4)

Dig Deeper: James 3:13-18

Not long ago my wife [and my five-year-old son] looked at a tree and how it grows, specifically how leaves of the tree are dependent on the tree for their existence. At the beginning of the week they took one leaf off of the tree and compared that leaf to the other leaves. They were all green and rich with life. At the end of the week, they compared the separate leaf with the leaves still on the tree. The separated leaf had withered, become crunchy, and obviously lost its texture of life. The other leaves continued green and rich with life. My wife explained that the withered leaf wanted to be its own boss, so it separated itself from the tree. But because leaves depend entirely on the tree for their life, the separated leaf died all alone.

Take away an abiding relationship with Christ and we are left utterly powerless in life and ministry. We will simply lose power to survive against the force of temptation and sin if we separate from Christ because – like the dying leaf in our kitchen – we want to be our own boss.

We received the Lord Jesus once and for all time in the moment of our salvation, but we must daily seek to walk in him.

– Joey Shaw in All Authority

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