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.
When we begin to understand the reason for our existence, things fall into their proper place. God’s blueprint was clear: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). He created us to reflect Him in who we are and what we do. We exist for Him!
Adam and Eve’s fall into sin marred that design, to say the least. From moral innocence, mankind became inherently sinful. The word sin literally means “to miss the mark.” It refers to everything that undermines and distracts from the goal of our creation, which is to reveal our perfectly good Creator.
It’s no surprise, then, that salvation is related to God’s original design: “And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24). It’s our makeover in order to fulfill the purpose of our existence.
In order to accomplish this, God sent His Son to be our Vine. As believers, we’ve been grafted in Him. He is our life! Everything good, righteous, and acceptable to the Father comes from Him. That’s why Jesus said: “Apart from me you can do nothing.”
We exist to be branches in the Vine. All spiritual life, growth, and fruitfulness flow from Him. He’s the Source, Substance, and Sustainer of everything good, righteous, and acceptable in our lives as Christians. Simply put: we can never be too Christ-centered!
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