Monday, February 19, 2018

Living Unplugged

By Andrea Merrell

I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;
for without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 NKJV

In this technology-driven society, how can we possibly live without our devices—especially if we don’t keep them in good shape and charged?

I need a charger for my Fit Bit, my iPhone, and my iPad. My laptop will only work just so long without being plugged in.  All these devices have a short shelf life without being recharged. Even my desktop computer must be connected in order to function.

But what about me?

How long can I be fruitful and productive—especially for the kingdom of God—when my battery runs out? 

When I pay close attention, it’s easy to tell when my battery is low. My patience runs thin, my frustration level changes drastically, and my words become curt and even unkind. When I need recharging—or refilling—it's difficult to control my thoughts and guard my attitude toward someone who has offended me.

This is the time to run to my only source of supply. The Bible calls Him the Vine. We are the branches. In order to be fruitful, we must stay connected.

There’s an old song that talks about having a little talk with Jesus. According to the writer, it makes everything right.  

Are you abiding in the Vine? If not, have a little talk with Jesus today. He's waiting to hear from you.

(Photo courtesy of and atibodyphoto.)


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