If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. (John 15:6)
As it has already been established in our previous messages, Christ is our perpetual environment, a place we must abide else lose our significance. Only in that environment are we relevant, only in Christ are we much fruitful.
Oh yes you can “live” outside that environment, but only as a walking dead man(withered) before completely fading away.
You become a part of the body of Christ or a branch because you grow from the main vine, every branch grows from or out of the vine naturally or by grafting.
so once you get disconnected from Him, the vine, you cease to exist in Him because it is only in Him we live…
When a branch is cast out it does not wither immediately so you’d be there thinking you’re still fresh and green enjoying a life of “freedom” but a time will come when like Samson, you will be in dire need of some special abilities you had been manifesting in and it will be far from you.
We should not think that because we have received Christ that’s all, we must remain in Him, our part to play.
Samson started defying the rules of his environment by doing everything he was asked not to.
The branch Samson was cast out, for he did not abide as he ought to. He took too many things for granted and the sad part is that he did not even know that the supply of His super strength had been cut short. He had run dry without realizing it and as withered as He was, his enemies got the advantage, overpowered and captured Him.
My dear believer, your faith walk does not end with accepting Christ as Lord, that’s actually the introductory lesson, you must delve deeper!
You must remain in Him, having fellowship with the father through the Son at all times. By this you’d also be able to utilize all the things that has been freely given unto you in order to live a fruitful and purposeful life.
Receive grace to stay ever connected to the True Vine in Jesus name!
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