He’s the vine!
by Brenda Kuseski
In John Eldredge’s book, Beautiful Outlaw, he urges us to seriously consider what it means for Jesus to be the Vine, and for us to be branches:
We need Jesus like we need oxygen. Like we need water. Like the branch needs the vine. Jesus is not merely a figure for our devotions. He's the missing essence of your existence. Whether we know it or not, we are desperate for Jesus....
A true knowledge of Jesus is our greatest need and our greatest happiness. The purpose of your being here on this planet, at this moment in time, comes down to three things:
1. To love Jesus with all that is in you. This is the first and greatest command. Everything else flows from here.
2. To share your daily life with him; to let him be himself with you. On the beach, at supper, along the road—just as the disciples did.
3. To allow his life to feed yours, to heal and express itself through yours. There is no other way you can hope to live as he did and show him to others.
Love Jesus. Let him be himself with you. Allow his life to permeate yours. The fruit of this will be ...breathtaking.
... You are meant to have this Jesus, more than you have each new day, more than you have your next breath. For Heaven's sake--he is your next day, your next breath. You are meant to share life with him—not just a glimpse now and then at church, not just a rare sighting. And you are meant to live his life. The purpose of his life, death, and resurrection was to ransom you from your sin, deliver you from the clutches of evil, restore you to God, and give you the Holy Spirit—so that his personality and his life could heal and fill your personality, your humanity, and your life. This is the reason he came.
Anything else is just religion. Sadly, for too many people, the Christ they know is too religious to love, too distant to experience, and too rigid to be a source of life. It explains the abject poverty of the church. [adapted]