In order for something to receive power (i.e. a wireless microphone), it needs to be connected to the source. In order for a radio to receive radio signals, it needs to be tuned to the right station. Maybe it’s a loose analogy, but in a similar way we need to be connected with Christ in order to receive what He has for us.
Jesus is the source of:
Therefore, if we want to experience these things, we first need to receive them from Christ. For example, if we expect to be able to forgive others, we need to first receive forgiveness by Him, the source of forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32).
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 [or cleans] so that it will be even more fruitful. (John 15:1-2)
Bearing fruit when we’re connected to the vine (Jesus) is not a matter of trying hard, but simply one of remaining connected. We sometimes need to bear through some “pruning,” which is this image of God taking some scissors and cutting away the bad parts to make us more pure—to make us like Him.
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you…apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:3-5)
Our call is to simply remain connected. Christ has done the work to get us connected; now it is our job to continue seeking Him and trusting in Him to guide us so that we can remain attached to the one true Vine.
Part 2 = How do we stay connected?