Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

Without Him We Can Do Nothing

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.   John 15:5

Many of God’s children have a deep desire to bear fruit for God but often live in failure and disappointment.


Concerning fruit bearing, Jesus encourages us to think of ourselves in terms of a branch attached to the vine.


The vine-branch illustration reveals the necessity of an ongoing fellowship between Jesus and believers. A branch attached and then unattached and then attached again will not receive the essentials for fruit bearing.


We must abide in Him through continual fellowship and communion and by living out the truth of our union with Him. Through such abiding Jesus bears fruit through us.


One is reminded of Paul’s description of Christian work as “gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw.”


Surely, Paul’s “wood, hay, straw” statement describes those works we attempt in our own wisdom and strength while his “gold, silver, precious stones” statement describes the works accomplished by the vine through the branches. The latter will bear fruit.