Apart from me you can do nothing….This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit.
We know that we are to worship God with everything in us, and that includes living a fruit-bearing life…. We forget though the very key element in Jesus’ teaching: We can’t. We don’t have that ability. Unless we’re abiding in the Vine–in Him–we’re just dead branches….
The element of dependence is why God is glorified when we bear fruit….Our incapability gives Him a platform to work in the Spirit. He can work in an insufficient life to much greater honour than He can in a self-sufficient life. Our inabilities can be turned into an act of worship, IF we’ll offer them up to His power.
As I like to say.
If we were meant to be self-sufficient, we wouldn’t need God, we wouldn’t need other people. But the brokenness in our world, our desire for love and affection, I think, is proof we NEED God. And God is the only thing that will satisfy that need.
The margin quote was also interesting today:
“The more we depend on God, the more dependable we find He is.”
In connection with the last part of today’s devo (to the quote above), I really do believe that if we depend on God more, the more God will be able to work through us and bless us. As a friend of mine said once (and I’m paraphrasing here):
“if you can truly sacrifice, even one thing, for God. He will bless you 10x over”
After all, it’s difficult for God help someone who’s constantly trying to help themselves. I mean really, you try it. If you were trying to help someone who was trying to do everything on their own without accepting help, would it be easy to help them?