What’s Wrong? Get Connected.

Both volition and capacity for discipleship and disciple-making are of God.

If we lack either volition or capacity to reach the lost, it is because our relationship with God is not right.

Wherever we encounter shortcomings in our desire or our ability to live out Christ’s command to “make disciples of all nations”, we must heed the words of John 15:5:

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

Are we doing “nothing”?  It is because we are not abiding.  Are we failing to “bear fruit”?  It is because branches are incapable of bearing fruit without connection to the vine.

Exhorting a branch to produce fruit is of little value other than to demonstrate the need for connection to the vine.

Nurturing and cultivating the branch and removing impedements to abiding is essential to healthy production of fruit.

Exhortation to bear fruit must be exorhation to abide in Christ.  Without this abiding production of fruit shall never occur.

Be connected to Christ and let nothing interfere with the flow of the water of life through you.  Then fruit will abound and bless.


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