When God asks us to change in a particular area....what is our reaction? A lot of the time, if you are like me, its "Uh....are you sure about that Lord? Did I hear you correctly? You want me to do what?" It's scary, when what He seems to be asking, is way out of my comfort zone and completely above my ability.
In John 15, Jesus is talking to his disciples for the last time before being arrested and beginning His journey to the cross. He reminds them in vs. 5...."I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I remain in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing."
Apart from Him, we can do nothing. I can't begin to tell you how many times I have tried to move forward in my life apart from Him. I've tried to lose weight apart from Him. I've tried to mother my children apart from Him. I've attempted to become a better wife apart from Him. I've given a good shot at becoming less selfish and prideful apart from Him. Guess what? I have failed every single time.
Positive fruit has never been produced in my life when I try to do things apart from Him.
I am learning that remaining in Him is a choice I make every day. If I am wanting to make lasting change, I have now realized it will never happen unless I enlist Him in the process. I have to be willing to listen to His voice and obey. When I am tempted to respond to life in my "usual" way...I must choose, right in that moment, to act "differently".....in a more healthy, functional way.
For example....as I was on my weight loss journey a couple of years ago, I had a plan and realized I had to invite Him into the plan. For awhile, He was my constant companion, my constant friend, my help and refuge all the time. I was constantly engaged with Him because I simply could not choose "right" without His help. I couldn't "get my body on the treadmill" without His help. Remaining in Him is what brought me to my goal.....a changed mindset, new habits, a healthier temple and a happier self.
What area of life is God asking you to change in? What issues keep circling around in your relationships? What is it that keeps causing chaos and reeking havoc in your life?
Right now in my life, I am remaining in Him as He helps me change in another area. It is not easy...becoming different....but after the changing occurs, I know I will not ever want to go back to those old behaviors.
So today remember.....apart from Him, you can do nothing, but remaining in Him, nothing is impossible when it comes to changing your life forever!