“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 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. 5 “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. 6 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. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Our life flourishing comes from walking with God and remaining “in Christ.” He is the source of EVERYTHING we are and everything we need. As the holidays get closer and life gets busier it’s’ easy to focus on the things we need to do and neglect our relationship with Him.
Pause right now and reflect… Have you drifted from Him? Is he getting your leftovers? Has your relationship with Him become a to-do list?
Draw near to Him. Create space in your schedule and go be still before Him. No phone, no kids, no spouse, no distractions. Ask Him to speak to your heart. Linger in that moment and be reminded that following Jesus is not a task, it is an intimate relationship with the One who created the world, knows every part of you yet and longs to spend these moments with you.
Confess your busyness and distractedness. Ask Him to speak and then quietly listen. Don’t move until you have heard!
Feel free to comment below about how God is meeting you in your prayer time