Branching Out

He planted the broken branch into the ground.

John 15:1-11

Reference: “If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” ‭‭John‬ ‭15:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: One of our boys had a tendency to rip branches off trees. While our property housed many trees, it was still not the kind of behaviour we wanted to encourage.

One day, after a branch ripping encounter, I explained to my boy that the branch was now going to die away from the tree. He didn’t believe me so decided to prove me wrong by planting the broken branch into the ground.

To be honest, for the next couple of days the branch did not change much. It stayed looking very similar to the tree it had been broken off.

However, the branch gradually started to wilt and turn brown. By the end of the second week it was weak, discoloured and very unattractive.

To anyone with a small amount of gardening understanding, this result is no surprise. But to my young man who loved ripping off branches, he had to see it for himself to believe it.

Application: The Bible gives us a great example of our faith life being similar to the branches of a vine. If we cut ourselves off from the source of life, then we soon change… and not for the better.

I know many people who still believe in Jesus but find church is just not for them. This is fine, but it’s very difficult to stay connected to Jesus when you’re not mixing with other people with similar beliefs or putting aside the time to learn and reflect upon Him.

And so, to grow in God we need to stay connected to Him. This doesn’t just mean attending a Sunday service but committing ourselves to connect with Him every single day.

Prayer: Lord, may we take the time to connect with You. When we do so we continue to grow and learn and become more like You. Amen.

How do you regularly connect to God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.