Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
This is the classic passage about Christ being the vine and us being the branches. At first glance it seems like nothing more than a cool analogy about letting Christ live through us, but a closer look reveals a gripping truth. “Abide,” this word is the key to this whole passage. Have you ever noticed what the branch is doing? Nothing, the branch does not move or dislocate itself from the vine and relocate to different soil. For you see the branch is nothing more than a channel for sap to run through and supply it with beautiful fruit. The only way for the tree to produce beautiful fruit is for the branch to be firmly rooted in the tree.
The application to be drawn from this is simple to hear yet so hard to follow. Abide, remain in Christ. The hardest times in life are the times that we are asked to just be still and abide in Christ. We always wants to have the beautiful fruit at the end of the branch, but that fruit only comes after much abiding and channeling. So remember, although it is hard at times we need to just take time and abide in Christ.