[Updated from the archives.]
Jesus says that apart from him we can do nothing. That’s not news to me; there’s lots of stuff I fail at, even simple things. Jesus also tells us that in him we can do all things. This is great news to me because I’m not going to kid myself. “It’s all right, everybody makes mistakes” just doesn’t cut it.
Speaking of cutting it and of doing things either with Jesus or apart from him, we’ve got this wonderful passage in John 15:1-8 –
16th C. Eastern Orthodox Icon of Jesus Christ as the True Vine
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have…
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