“Remain in me, as I also remain in you.
No branch can bear fruit by itself;
it must remain in the vine.
Neither can you bear fruit
unless you remain in me.”
John 15:4-5 NIV


Last summer was one of the hottest summers on record in the past 75 years so, it was still hot when we got to Braeside on Labor Day weekend.  We arrived at 1am and opened the door to an overwhelming stench.  I thought something died in the trailer but it was just the fridge.

electric plug

The electrical plug to the trailer had somehow been disconnected from the pole.  Shelby had been gone from the trailer for two weeks and everything she left in the fridge had rotted.  Meat in the freezer was rancid.  A bag of spinach had liquefied into a stinking black fluid. Frozen bananas were a reeking goo.

Stay Connected To The Power Source

When I read this portion of scripture in John I can’t help but remember the results when our fridge didn’t stay connected to the power source.  I’ll remember forever the foul odors it emitted.  They’re a great example of what happens to Christians when we don’t remain in Christ.

bad smellI know that when I don’t spend time with God daily my life starts to smell.  Things go foul and the days just get all messed up.  Often in the busyness of life we think that we don’t have time to read the Bible or meditate on it.  We can get too scheduled to spend time in prayer, but the reality is, life’s too hard to live disconnected from God.  Days go by much easier when we spend time in personal daily devotions.

Start this week off right.  Take time to stay connected to the power source.  Decide to spend daily time remaining in relationship with Christ, so you can live a fruitful life.


Father…I’m overwhelmed with the thought that God who created the universe wants to stay involved with me.  Help me never to take that for granted.  Let me not get casual with Your love.  May my life produce some juicy fruit as I stay connected to the power source; to you Lord and Your Word. In Jesus Name…Amen

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