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Jesus said, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.”
- John 15:4 (NRSV)
I woke up one morning, singing a song that my classmates and I sang many years before at our preschool graduation ceremony. The song emphasized the importance of praying in the morning, afternoon, and evening to “keep your heart in tune.”* I wondered, What does it mean to “keep your heart in tune”? As I searched for answers, I thought about tuning in each day to the TV or radio. I have learned they work best when tuned to the right station.
As human beings created by God, we are at our best when our hearts are tuned in to Jesus Christ. In John 15:1-8, Jesus uses the image of the vine and the branches to urge his disciples to stay connected to him as their source of life.
The verse quoted above reminds us that the life of the branch is guaranteed only when it is connected to the vine. Branches not only receive life from the vine, they share its identity. In the same way, believers connected to Christ, the vine, begin to mirror him as he gives them new life. Connection to Jesus enables us to be the people God intends us to be.
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