There is not a single area in my life…
…inside or out, where I am not totally dependent on God in every way. I cannot breathe without his grace. I cannot feel as I ought, I cannot think as I ought—or as my family or friends or co-workers need me to think or feel—without his direct intervention. I cannot see the things I need to see or remember the things I need to remember or choose the things I need to choose. Not without him there to guide me.
I cannot create or persuade or enlighten or comfort or encourage without God’s active involvement.
Without him, I cannot hear what I need to hear.
Everything—everything—depends on him and him alone.
John 15:1-8 (NLT)
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
“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. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”