“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..“
Just in the past few days and weeks, the above scripture became so important to me again. Before telling you about our past events in Algeria etc., I must share some thoughts that are so strong on my heart.
There is a mighty difference between being “successful” and to “bear fruit”. A large tree may look beautiful, through its shadow…. but it doesn’t say anything about bringing fruit. Fruit is the significant sign of our connection with Jesus.
The other point that moves me in this verse is the dual effective. If we are in HIM, it gives us security and comfort, etc. We feel well – or with a more up to date expression: We feel a wonderful atmosphere.
This is what we also experience in our services. People come and testify about the great atmosphere… That is good, important and should be. However, if it is ONLY the atmosphere, there is the second component missing. Not just we in Him, but also HE in us!
HE in us – a life changing situation. The creator himself, in us, with all His power, healing, wisdom… – it cannot stop with just an atmosphere, but must and will bring forth fruit.
Everything in this world that is dead will pass away, decay… – But what has been filled with life by our creator, even the smallest seed, has been made to develop, expand and multiply.
You in Him – is what I wish for you from the bottom of my heart. All His safety, security and wonderful atmosphere of His presence, to experience and to enjoy!
HE in you – will bring you forward in His will. Equipped with His power, unction and much fruit!
Evangelist Siegfried Tomazsewski
P.S. Remember – Without Him, we can do nothing!