Think of a beautiful flower. It is connected to its stem and the stem to its roots. Whenever the flower is picked, it loses connection to its nutrients and all of the things it needs to grow. In it’s vase it will look pretty, but will only last for a short period of time. Soon it will fade away and die.
My friend, we are the flower and Jesus is our source of life. Whenever we are spending time with Him in His Word and prayer, we are receiving all of the things we need to go out into the world and be different. He fills us up with Himself so that we can share Him with all those around us in our everyday lives. We grow in Him and keep coming back to Him to be satisfied. We realize that we can’t live life on our own, and that with Him we can be joyful and shine radiantly.
Some days are hard, and it’s a struggle to open up our Bibles or share the things that are bothering us with God; but whenever we neglect our time with Him, we are losing the nutrients we need to live abundantly. Without daily quiet time with Him, we will soon be much farther away from Him than what we ever intended. We will grow weary and be depleted of abundant life.
“Remain in me, as I also 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. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 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 15:4-6 NIV
I hope that through this post, Jesus has shown you the importance of us staying close to Him and seeking Him daily. Let’s stay rooted in His love and Word, and keep growing closer to Him. I challenge you to keep pursuing Him, even if it’s hard, and know that He is and will give you the strength you need for whatever you’re facing. You were made with so much purpose to change the world for His kingdom. Let’s radiate His love and Presence this week, and display an authentic relationship with Him to the world.