How to Tell if You Are Spiritually Connected
Jesus says that being spiritually connected, it’s like being attached to a vine. It’s interesting that Jesus, right before he goes to the cross, he says this in John 14, 15, 16. He’s giving his last minute instructions to the people following him. Of all the things he could tell them, here’s what he says.
John 15:4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
He’s saying you’re not going to have any fruitfulness, any productivity in your life if you’re out there on your own. You’ve got to stay connected.
Romans 8:16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit [that’s that connection. He joins himself to our spirit] to affirm that we are God’s children.
I’ve been a friend with Jesus Christ now for over thirty-three years. Nothing could sway me from that. Why? Because I have a connection. It’s not just about what the Bible says. It’s not just about what happens in the church. I have a connection to Christ. That connection is so real.
I want you to have that kind of connection to God. It is the deepest prayer of my heart as your pastor and as somebody who loves you that you will have that connection that you go, “There’s no way I could not believe in God. I’m connected to him all the time. I talk to him and he speaks to me and I hear him. I hear his voice.” He’s saying, “I want you to be connected and I want you to be joined to me.”
ON PLANTS, a disconnected branch can’t BEAR FRUIT
You not only don’t have the support, you not only start to wither and die, but you don’t have any productivity in your life if you’re not spiritually connected. He says you’ve got to be connected to have fruit. What kind of fruit?
“The fruit of the Spirit is this love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.”
I don’t know about you, but I’d like to have those nine things in my life. I’d like to be more loving. I’d like to be more joyful. I’d like to be more at peace no matter what happens to the economy. I’d like to be more kind to people who are mean to me. He says that’s called the fruit of the Spirit.
Here’s the point. The evidence that you are spiritually connected is you see those nine things in your life. If you are not seeing yourself grow in love and more joy and more peace and more patience and kindness and more self control and more all these things, guess what? It means you’re not spiritually connected. Because, he says, when you’re connected you’re going to bear fruit.
1. What did Jesus mean when he said, "remain in me?"
2. Which of the 9 spiritual fruits would you like most to see God develop in your life? What spiritual fruit are you most lacking?
3. How will you intentionally connect with God this week?