Apart from Me

“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

Sometimes there is nothing more sobering than Scripture. When I read this the other day, my reaction was something like:

Nothing? Sounds more like a threat than a promise. 

Let’s face it, I like to take credit for the work that the Lord is doing.  Comedian John Crist would definitely advise me, “Check your heart.”

The last few weeks, Ethan and I have had the opportunity to slow down and spend time reflecting.

Our sending organization Mission of Christ Network advised us (with more than a gentle shove) to take a break from ministry to await the birth of our baby boy. One of the goals of this hiatus is to re-focus ourselves on family, stop going 100 miles per hour, and adjust to being a family of four.

Though now we see the value in this time, our initial reaction was:

But the mission! Won’t it completely fall apart without our expertise, experience, and passion? *insert gagging emoji here*

Wow. Pride at it’s finest.

Throwback to the second part of John 15:5: “Apart from me, you can do NOTHING.” 

And here we are… hanging out in San José, reflecting. Waiting.

The worst part (which is actually the best part at the same time)? We cannot bury ourselves in the work and daily tasks involved in running the clubhouse. We have to face who we really are.

The result? We are shifting our focus to abiding in the LORD, to making our family our first ministry, and to shedding our pride. This is HIS mission, and at the end of the day, God doesn’t rely on us to accomplish His tasks. He is not panicking because we are in San José instead of working in Parrita. He’s got this.

Instead every day He is leading us closer to Him, and reminding us of the importance of abiding in Him.

Because apart from Him, we can do NOTHING. 

And, I have decided that IS a threat–a threat to our pride. But also a promise that when we abide in Him, He will follow through and there will be fruit.

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