“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
Today, as I write this, the Lord is knitting together a human being inside of me. A person who is quite smaller than your average human being. They aren’t capable to take care of themselves and are in constantly need of me – and do you know what? That won’t change when this same little person, by God’s grace, comes from their safe haven of my womb and is in my arms. They will still need me, constantly, even with them being a little older. And for years to come, Mommy and Daddy will be the ones they will constantly run back to for many things they need.
But do you know who they need more than us? Christ. And do you know who we all need more than anything, no matter how long we’ve been on this earth? Christ. The Bible clearly states in Him we live, we move, and we have our being (Acts 17:28). That’s quite a statement, isn’t it?
In all things, Christ is our everything, and we need to be reminded to depend on Him to help us every moment of every day. Mamas, as our children get older and independence starts to set in, what happens when they act as if they don’t need you to do something they clearly cannot accomplish themselves? Do they fight you on it? Do you let them try and fail miserably until they run to you for help? Is this not a picture of us when it comes to our Heavenly Father? Through our lives, and even our walks with Christ, we often act like we know enough to get along without reading His Word, without praying and seeking His face, forsaking the assembly, and without remembering we depend on Him for everything! What does the Bible warn us about our understanding? Not to depend on it (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Just as a helpless babe, let our dependence on God be something we are never foolish enough to go without. He gives us every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3), and in Christ, we are united with Him (Galatians 3:28). Even so, let us ask for the grace to be mindful of His presence in our lives and never think for a moment we can do this life without Him, on our own strength. Our children need to see their parents depended and looking to their Creator, because we are charged to teach them to do the very same.
Lord, often we go about this life in negligence of the very graces you give us to train us in all righteousness. We thank You for Your Spirit that lives within, which teaches and guides us. Please help us not to go to You only when things are hard and difficult, but when the sun is shining on our lives and we are prosperous in all things, help us not to forget You. And please, let our children see their greatest need is You, in Your Son. By the power of Your Spirit. Amen.
What can you do to meditate on the things of God and dependence of Him? in what ways can you teach this to your children?