In my front yard there is just one short little tree. I noticed one day as I was getting in the car to leave for work that there was a branch that had broken off of one of the limbs and it was laying on the ground. I thought no more about it and continued on to work just leaving it where it was. A few days later as I was leaving I noticed it again and decided to go pick it up to throw it away. It hardly looked like the same branch I had seen a few days earlier. All of the leaves were dead and shriveled up.
It reminded me of what Jesus said to us in John 15. If we stay connected to Him as our Savior, life can flow through us and even more importantly fruit can be produced from our lives. Scripture even adds an adjective by saying MUCH fruit. His desire is for us to find our connection to Him and find our place in ministry. Ministry is not something you do. It's the way you live your life connected to the vine.
Many things can happen that can cause you to detach and break away from Him. Apart from Him you can do nothing. Life is fruitless and before long you too will look and feel shriveled up and fruitless.
He the vine. He is divine. You are de-branch:)
Stay connected, bear fruit and show yourself to be His disciple today!