This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Easter. I really love how the Easter season coincides with the renewal of spring. And what a perfect time to discuss this week's gospel reading (John 15:1-8), where Jesus instructs His disciples at the Last Supper:
How true this is too. There are so many examples in my life of how I was unable to "bear fruit" (solve a problem or achieve a desired result) simply because I remained in myself instead of Christ. For most of my life, when difficulties arose, I simply turned inward to see if I could solve it, assuming that I should be able to figure out things on my own. I was pretty smart and capable, I thought. How proud I was. In hindsight, I could have saved myself much difficulty throughout life by abiding in Christ. Keeping Him close, as He keeps me close to Him.
I realize now that the only way that anything I do or say can bear good fruit is by abiding in Christ.
It is something I have to remind myself of daily: To put Him first in my life.