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. – John 15:4 (NIV)
Social distancing, non-essential business shutdowns, friends and family getting laid off, self-isolation, COVID-19 cases increasing daily, and the list goes on and on. With all that is going on around us it is to easy to get distracted and to become fearful. So much so that we can easily leave “the vine”. We can become so wrapped in what is happening around us that we forget to spend time in God’s word, worship and prayer, to remain in Jesus. But as we read the other day, Jesus chose us to go and bear fruit. And the only way we can do this is as we remain in him. We cannot effectively show others Christ’s love, the hope we have in him if we have allowed fear and anxiety to distance ourselves from him.
It takes work to maintain the habit of a daily time with God, to train our minds to not feel overly anxious and fearful and to stay in constant communication with Jesus throughout the day. We need to ask the Spirit to help us remember our position in Christ, that as we remain in him, he remains in us. And as we re-align our time and thoughts to remain in him, we will see his fruit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) bloom in our lives.
Jesus, forgive me for the times I am distracted away from you. Help me to be mindful that you are with me, and that remaining in you is what will grow fruit in my life and in the lives of people around me.