Do you know someone or are you someone who has done some really noble things in life? Maybe you’ve helped a homeless person get on their feet. Maybe you’ve cared for a needy family during the holidays. Maybe you’ve given your life to find a cure for a disease in the third world.
Jesus made a really strong statement in John 15:5: “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NLT)
Apart from Him you can do nothing. Is that really true? What about the people you thought of a moment ago? Does everyone who does good come at it as an outflow of their relationship with Jesus? Of course not. There are millions of people who help others because they are kind and compassionate and concerned about their world. So, what is Jesus talking about?
Think about all the good things a person can do in this life and then think about those same things in light of eternity. Meaning, that if our life goes beyond the physical and lasts for eternity, what meaning do the good things have eternally? If I find a cure for a disease in this life, does it automatically mean that the person who was cured of that disease will have a good eternity?
Jesus has a way of stating things so that at the end of the day (or of this life) you have to deal with Him. You have to come to grips with what you believe about Him. He said that He is the way, the truth and life and that no one can come to God except through Him. That’s bold. Do you believe that? If not, think about it. If so, does it change how you do what you do? How you bear fruit in this life?
Jesus wants us to do good. No doubt about it. He loves fruitful living (just read John 15 and you will see this). But our fruit should be an outflow of our internal relationship with Jesus and a planting of seeds for others to connect with Him. That’s why he tells us to do everything in the name of Jesus. Today, will you connect what you do with who He is? Think about everything you will do today and ask The Lord to inspire it, empower it, anoint it. Whether it’s a meeting with your boss or taking your son to the doctor or buying groceries for the family or watching a ball game with friends. Think about it in light of being connected to the vine. How does that change the way you do life?