The other day I got up and went out to start my truck, but it wouldn’t start. So I called up one of my friends to see if he could come and jump off my truck. He came and we hooked up the jumper cables to each battery. We waited for a few minutes and I tried starting up my truck again, but it wouldn’t turn over. So we waited a few more minutes, but still nothing. After a few more attempts and still getting the same result of nothing, my friend pulled his truck a little bit closer to mine in order for us to get a better connection with the jumper cables. As soon as we got a better connection, my truck started up right away on the first try. We realized that we didn’t have a connection at first, but as soon as we did, there was no problem starting up my truck.
In John 15, Jesus talks about a similar thing. He starts out saying “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. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (See John 15:5-7 NIV) In other words, Jesus is saying “Stay connected to me, because when you’re not, you won’t be able to get started.” Apart from Jesus you won’t be able to do anything. He is your source of power. He is your source of strength. He is your source of joy. He is your source of hope. He is your deliverer. He is your healer. He is your provider. He is your protector. He is your Savior.
When you’re not connected to Jesus, you are connected to something else. Everything else you connect yourself to won’t be able to satisfy. You can connect yourself to your career, but that won’t satisfy you. You’ll always be striving for the promotion. You’ll always be looking to move up the corporate ladder. You’ll always be seeking after that big corner office with the view. You can connect yourself to your bank account, but that won’t satisfy. You’ll always want more money. You’ll always strive for that bigger paycheck. You’ll always spend more when you get more. You can connect yourself to your toys, but they won’t be able to satisfy you. You’ll always want the biggest house on the lot. You’ll always want the nicest car. You’ll always want the bigger flat screen. You’ll always want the better looking yard. Only Jesus can satisfy. Only Jesus can sustain. Only Jesus can save.
So how is your connection? Who or what are you connected to? Get connected to Jesus because when you’re disconnected from Him, you’re disconnected from life.