Checking The Source

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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John 14:6 – Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (NIV)

John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

Our Bible study group meets in the evening, down in a large basement room at our rural church. There is a row of small windows in the room, but in the depth of winter, the only light from outside is the twinkling of stars on a cloudless night. Two of the ceiling lights were out, and for several weeks, I meant to bring replacement bulbs and change them. Finally one night, I did remember, and I looked forward to the extra light that they would give. I replaced the first one, but to my surprise, the new bulb didn't work; neither did the second.

It was only then that it occurred to me to check the source of their power. Sure enough, after finding and flicking a well-hidden switch out in the hallway, they both came on. They had always been on a different circuit from the others in the room.

We had a laugh about the simple solution to the problem and went on to talk about our own need to check the source of the spiritual power that we require to live each day. It is so natural to try to plow through a day in our own strength. However, Jesus made it abundantly clear not only that He wants to be our Source, but also that He is the only source who gives us life … and truth … and the way.

When I first became a Christian, John 15:5 troubled me: "apart from me you can do nothing." Did He really mean "nothing"? But over the years, the Holy Spirit has helped me to discover the truth of Jesus' words. Just as a branch cut off from a vine withers and dies, so you and I cannot find real life if we are not connected to the right Source. There's no false humility in saying, "Yes, Jesus, apart from You, I can do nothing."

Prayer: Father, we thank and praise You for loving us so much that You sent Jesus into our world. Help us each day to be and to stay connected to Him, the one true Source of life. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word, Don.

    Thank you, Don, for this reminder to rely on Him.

    Good thoughts for sure. Great analogy. Thanks Don.

    Amen Don, thanks for a good word today.

    Thanks Don, John 15:5 is one of my “go to” verses when flat or unfocused.
    Bless you,

    I think we have all had similar situations with lights and such.
    Thanks for sharing the ‘spiritual connection’ connection.

    Your usual lovely Devotional, Don. It also gave me a bit of a laugh. My hot water heater “bit the dust” yesterday; the mechanic is coming this morning to check it out. Do you suppose it could be something as simple as re-setting a switch?

    Good morning Don,
    Enjoyed your writing of this morning’s devotional and liked the comparison you made in regard to finding our “source”. Truly seeking Jesus as our source for daily guidance and strength takes on the right path.
    Thank you and blessings for your devotional contributions.

    HI Don
    This was a good devotional and so true and also a little chuckle.
    One time I was doing laundry and all of a sudden after putting the load in and turning on machine it did not work. I could not figure out why since I just did laundry the day before.
    I hesitated but finally I called the repair guy, within seconds he knew my problem. He smiled and said he knew the problem, I just about fell over when he showed me what happened. When I put in load of laundry I leaned on the front of machine and pushed in the control that starts the machine somehow. Bless his heart – he didn’t charge me for the service call, he said this made his day.
    So yes, we should always check the source of the power!!! Thankful God is my source.
    God bless.

    Dear Don,
    Just a short note to say it always makes me smile when I see the Devotional comes from your fingers.
    We cannot underestimate the importance of checking the place where our strength comes from, especially if we tend to take it for granted.
    Since my husband went home to be with the Lord many years ago, I need to do that more than ever.
    I will be ninety-two years old soon and still every day I still have to say “not my will but yours my dear Lord.” How I long to be set free from my physical limitations but that is not up to me.

    Particularly blessed by your devotional today, Don. I needed John 5: 15 not only because your explanation helps me today but also because I have a half-completed devotional written about the vine on my house and couldn’t see where to go with it – till I read your inspirational words today. And so we encourage one another.


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