There's a word from this week's memory verse that is really catching my attention. Any guesses what it might be?!?!?
If you came up with, "nothing" then you would be correct.
This same word is found in John 5:19 "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself...."
We live in a world that wants to know, "What can you do?" More specifically, "What can you do for me?" And often times, what you can (or can't) do is in direct correlation to a measure of success (or failure).
Who wants to be dependent? Weak? Insufficient? Incapable? When's the last time you witnessed someone signing up for those traits?
Jesus did. He signed up for all of that and more... he signed up to be a nothing.
I don't know what your day looks like but here's mine: Deadlines, I have them and they're today. Bills, it's that time of the month. Responsibilities, as a wife and nursing student and blah blah blah, I've got responsibilities alright. Grades, they could be better (so much better). Loved ones, frail and week across the country far from any help that I can offer. Husband, across the country period. My own ailments, insecurities, weaknesses.... just a typical Monday. Okay so I'm purposely only pointing out the negative and it could obviously be a lot worse, but you're getting my point...
So instead of "I do..." or "I will..." or "I can...." today I am stripping myself of any independence, and agreeing with God when he says that I "can do nothing" (John 15:5) apart from Him. NOTHING.
Say it aloud with me, "NOTHING."
You can do NOTHING apart from Him. No, I think that needs an exclamation point. You can do NOTHING apart from Him!
Let's pray together...
"Heavenly Father, I get it. Forgive me for trying to be independent. It's really silly if I think about it. I want to be like a Georgia Peach on a healthy organic tree... I want to ooze with your sweet goodness and love. Lord there's no way that I'm gonna even come close to that without you. Thank you for making the most of my day and making up for what I lack and then some. And Lord, it's tough for me, but I want to trust you with all my burdens, especially my loved ones across the globe. I love you! Because of Jesus I can pray! Amen.
#nothing Let's be it together.
God is love and EVERYTHING,
"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