“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
How we love our independence, and at times we become almost fierce in maintaining we don't need help. My Grandpa Sam was one such person. In his late 70's and legally blind, he would still try mowing their 2-acre lawn. There were a few near-disastrous situations; runaway tractor in the road, another time the tractor overturned on the bank. Family members soon volunteered to mow, but Grandpa hated giving it up.
Our independence also gets us into trouble when we try to live godly lives without God. It is just not possible! Imagine a grape branch disconnected from the vine. There is no way the tendril can receive the vital nutrients needed to grow and flourish. Not only can it not produce fruit, soon it will wither and die. In acknowledging that we need to succumb to Christ and allowing Him to work through us, we can accomplish much.
God, you are our vine. When we remain connected to you and you in us, we can do much. We confess our willfulness often impedes us from becoming the people you desire us to be. We ask forgiveness for those times. Please help us this day to put aside our independence and fully accept your grace. Let your will, and our own will become as one. Let us bear much fruit for your glory. In the name of your Son, and our Savior Jesus name, we pray. Amen.