Our scripture this week is John 14:1-14.
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Jesus teaches that God is in Him, and He is able to perform the miracles that reflect this only because it is so. He tells us we will do even greater things through our belief in Him and His sacrifice for us. All of this points us to the importance of His relationship to God and our connection through Him.
Jesus tells us “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” (John 15:5). We can’t make it on our own. Only through a living, growing connection – like a grapevine – can we accomplish the purpose God has for us.
When we follow His teachings and remain connected, we are able to share the joy of a life in Christ with those who are disconnected. We can show them how being a part of His kingdom is essential to our lives here and hereafter. Nothing is stronger than the bond between Jesus and His people, and nothing more important.
Gracious God, we long to be connected and fruitful, part of Your work in the world. Help us to be the faithful force that moves others toward You. Amen.