4“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:4-5, NKJV.
My greatest need has nothing to do with material goods, or having enough food to eat, or human relationships, or having a lot of friends on Facebook, or any earthly thing. It has solely to do with being pleasing to God, and having a relationship with Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit living in me to guide me. Nothing else matters to me. Nothing else holds any sway in my heart. There may be other things I enjoy doing, like counted cross stitch, or listening to great music and looking at great art, or playing with my cats, but those things pale in comparison to knowing God, and loving Him more and more deeply.
As Jesus said in the Scripture passage I quoted above, without Him I can do nothing (John 15:5). Any of you who’ve followed this blog for any length of time know that I’m only alive to tell my story because of God’s saving and rescuing power, pretty much from birth on, so as far as I’m concerned, what Jesus said is literally true. I really can’t do anything without Him.
7I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! ~ Philippians 3:7-11, NLT.
This passage from Philippians is my life in a nutshell. And I love what it says:
“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” ~ Philippians 3:10, NKJV.
This is going to be a short post. I’ve said what I needed to say, so I’m done! Yippee!! Thank you Jesus!!
Short but powerful-thank you.
Thanks, Donna, and you’re welcome!