"I am the vine, you are the branches, he who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5 (NKJV)
I have been met with a smirky little smile several times when I have quoted: "Without Me you can do nothing."
Sitting in my office one day interviewing some new patients, that a pastor had referred to me, I made a wrong assumption. As they were evidently Christians, I thought we were on the same page in regard to our need for Jesus' blessing to accomplish good things. They had a broken relationship that lacked warmth and friendship. The husband was a "I don't need anyone else" type of guy. Of course, this attitude left his wife feeling she wasn't needed and their problems spiraled from there.
He had written a book that was going to be published in the then near future. I was happy for him and mentioned the Lord's gracious help to each of us. He didn't want to hear about needing Jesus as he was as proud as a peacock. Thus, his smirky smile. He didn't realize that without Jesus, His children cannot bear kingdom fruit. I don't think he cared as all a peacock wants to do is to spread his tail and strut.
He didn't understand that there is only one thing God's children need to do each day: all a Christian needs to do each day is to rest in their relationship with Jesus and He will produce what this world needs- Kingdom fruit.
Dear Lord help us to realize that when we trust You to produce fruit through us- we will be fruitful. In Your name, Amen.
Dr. Bob. AZ