As an older teenager, I came to faith in Christ at a Christian student camp. After professing my faith in Jesus, several people encouraged me as I began my new journey. I can’t recall all of the words of encouragement I received that day, but there is one encouragement I still remember to this day. This encouragement came from Pastor Godwin (what a great name for a pastor!) who was attending the camp with teenagers from his church. It was obvious that this pastor loved teenagers because he took every opportunity to spend time with them and speak into their lives. Pastor Godwin spoke into my life. He said, “Tim, the Christian life is either easy or impossible.” I asked, “Pastor, what do you mean by that?” He said, “It is impossible if you try to live the Christian life in your own strength. It will become more easy when you allow the Lord Jesus to live His life in and through you!” It may not be the best English grammatically; but it sure is theologically sound. Pastor Godwin was right! The longer I’ve followed Jesus, the more I’ve become aware of this truth found in John 15:5. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me. (John 15:5, CSB) In the same way the branch must be connected to the vine, I must be connected to Jesus; because without Him I can do nothing! Just as the vine supplies all of the life-giving nutrients for the branch to remain healthy and bear fruit, Jesus provides all I need for “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3) When Jesus says, “you can do nothing without me,” He means apart from Him (in and of yourself) you can do nothing. This truth highlights the fact that we must be totally dependent on Jesus and not ourselves. The good news is that when we turned from sin and put our faith and trust in Christ; He came to live within in the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the disciples source of power. Notice what Jesus tells His disciples in Acts: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. (Acts 1:8, CSB)
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