Do you remember your first bicycle? I do. My first bike wasn’t fancy, but I loved it. It was red and black with big shock absorbers on the front and back wheels. It was heavy and bit hard to ride when it was first given to me, but it was mine. A friend of the family had built the bike themselves and after their son outgrew it, they gave it to me. There was just one problem, the chain kept coming off. Upon examination my Dad and I discovered that the chain was loose and needed to be tightened. So we moved the rear wheel back and the slack was taken out and the chain stayed on.
I spent a lot of hours cruising the streets of La Conner, WA, on that bike as a kid.
I also learned an important and somewhat obvious truth – the connection between my legs turning the pedals and the rear wheel was essential. Without that connection, the bike wouldn’t work.
Our life makes sense when we’re connected to God. Without that, we’re like a bike without a chain. We can coast down hills, and push along with our feet, but we’re not realizing our full potential, we’re not really living out our true purpose, our lives are not connected to the One who has the power to make our life go.
In the gospel of John, Jesus makes it clear that it is through our connection to him, that our life finds meaning and purpose. Jesus, speaking to his closest followers shortly before his arrest and death, urged them to stay connected to him. Using the analogy of a grape vine, Jesus indicated what would happen if they didn’t stay connected to him. They had a mission to accomplish, a life of purpose to live and their connection to Jesus was essential.
Jesus said: “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 NIV
As you seek to go deeper with Jesus and reach wider with His love – how is your connection to Jesus? Is it loose? Does it need some tightening up? Take a moment to think about and commit to one thing, one small step you can take to strengthen your connection to Jesus. If you’re not yet a follower of Jesus, what is one small step you can take to investigate what a connection with Jesus might mean for your life?
photo credit: Alex