“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Do something or do nothing. At any decision point, there are are usually two choices . . . action or apathy. Action is working, walking or possible waiting . . . there is some type of action. Action sees value and engages. Apathy sees no value and exerts no effort. Action is what now . . . apathy is whatever.
Jesus’ description of the “fruit” bearing process requires a response from each of us. Apart from Him, we can accomplish nothing that will impact eternity.
We can work hard, sacrifice our resources, give time . . . but, doing it without Jesus is simply doing it for ourselves. Here are some thoughts . . .
I do it for Him. This is purpose. If we remain in Him, our reward is Jesus being revealed. Refuse Him and the result is our own recognition. When He is lifted up, He will draw all men. (John 12:32) All the glory belongs to Jesus.
I do it in Him. This is presence. Jesus says it plainly, He is the Vine and we are a branch that comes out of the Vine. The goal is not the work, but the walk. If we don’t spend time in His presence, we are performers and posers. There will be many who say they have done great things for God, but He will say, “Depart from Me. I never knew you.” (Matt 7:21-23)
I do it by Him. This is power. Paul reminds that we “can do all things through Christ Who gives” us strength. (Phil 4:13). Apart for. His presence, we are powerless. We can do a lot of things and do them well. If we want to change lives, we can only do them in the power of the Life Changer.
When our purpose is to be in His presence, we walk in His power.
I must do it for Him and I can’t do it without Him.