Strength

Where does your strength come?  That’s one of those questions we’ve got to answer in our life.

Does it come from our own ability?  Our own talent?  Will power?  Knowledge?  Connection?  Goodness?  Morality?

These are all things that we desire and want to possess to varying degrees.  But are they really where are strength comes from?  They aren’t, because these things can and will at times fail us.  We don’t have all the will power.  We will make mistakes.  Sometimes our talent is not the right fit.  Sometimes things can just go wrong.

What then?  What do we do then? Where does our strength come from?  Listen to what Jesus tells us today in John 15: 4-5:

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

eclaircissageAbide in me.  The branch can’t bear fruit by itself.  I am the branch.  Apart from me you can do nothing.

Where does our strength come from?  Not from us.  We don’t stand on our own.  We don’t do it on our own.  We don’t just bow up on do it.  It’s God who does it through us.  It’s not our strength, it’s His strength.  It’s not our ability, it’s His ability.  It’s not our own efforts, it’s His efforts.

So, our mission today is not get better or stronger or smarter, our mission today is to be more faithful.  To stick closer to the Good Shepherd.  To love Him more.  To love others more.  To allow Him to work through us.  For us to get out of the way, and let me Him do what He wants to do.

He is the source of our strength, our life, our hope, our all.  Today, may we abide in Him.

And as we walk closer to our Savior, we will see the amazing fruit He wants to produce through us!

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