JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GROW




While we may work hard to pull weeds and organize our lives into neat, little rows—we cannot create the life of God in us.  The only way this good garden grows is learning to trust the Master Gardener with our precious dirt.

The life of God is found in God.  Jesus talked about the importance of staying intimately connected to Himself.

John 15:
 1"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

This is our bottom line.  We cannot grow a zucchini’s worth of godliness without remaining fixed to Jesus.  How difficult is this for us?

As our own Steve Green once told us in a sermon, we do not struggle to hang on to God—we rest in the fact that He is holding on to us.  That is what it means to remain in Him. 

As a branch, I trust the life that comes from the central vine and stay connected.  I grew because of the life in Jesus—He did not grow out of me.

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