Christ enables us to live a life of significance.
Read John 15:1-11
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Everyone desires to live a life that makes a difference. There is something inherent within us that we desire to live a life of significance. No matter what the sphere of our influence, whether it be small or large, in the end, we want to make some difference in the lives of others. No one sets out to be a failure, to live a life that is wasted. This then leads us to the question, “How can we make a difference in this world.” In John 15, Christ establishes the foundation for effective living by comparing us to a branch. Branches, in themselves, do not have life. While the fruit is found on the branches, the life of the branch is dependent upon the vine. If we cut off the branch, it is the branch itself that dies, not the vine.
Thus, the picture Christ presents is that the foundation of our life and the necessary element for productive living is grounded in our relationship with him. Discipleship and being a follower of Christ involves first and foremost abiding or dwelling in Christ. To abide in Christ is to live one’s life in complete dependency of Christ and our relationship with him. We look to him for all things. It is a life grounded in prayer (vs7) and revealed in complete and unconditional obedience to him (vs 10). To forsake a life of dependency and obedience to Christ is to cut ourselves off from the source of our life and wellbeing and face the certainty of judgment. Not that we would lose our salvation, rather it would reveal that we were never fully grafted into the vine, to begin with. What demonstrates the genuineness of our faith is our steadfastness in our faith. John would later write in 1 John 2:19, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.”
When we live our life continually connected to Christ, then we will have a fruitful life. This refers to more than just having results in our ministry. A productive life is authentic as a disciple of Christ. It is an individual who lives a life of significance and meaning because the person reveals the reality of Christ in them. Life has meaning only when it is lived according to the purpose that God designed for us, and that purpose is to be transformed into his image. This comes by remaining connected to Christ and seeking him as the source of our life through prayer and obedience. When we live in a relationship with Christ, then we have a meaningful life.
Does your life seem empty and devoid of meaning? At the end of the day do you feel frustrated that it just looks as if you are spinning your wheels in life and accomplishing little of importance? Spend more time with Christ. Focus on your relationship with him and then your life will become significant.