There are moments in life that serve as life altering experiences. Whether this is a decision to begin a new career, relationship or adapt to an unexpected event, your life will never be the same. Like a fork in a road, you have to decide the path your life will take.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me, John 15:4.
The Christian Group Red sing about this on their Innocence and Instinct album. The context of the song Never Be the Same refers to entering into a relationship with Jesus. Unlike any other earthly experience, God’s love is unconditional. For anyone who has been burned, disappointed or let down by unfulfilled promises, this concept is hard to grasp.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing, John 15:5.
Yet, any prodigal who has come to their senses, God’s timing serves as a saving grace. While modern church leaders attempt to manufacture this setting through long drawn out altar calls, the desperate will run to God. After the emotion of God’s forgiveness fades, the hard part is setting time aside daily to maintain this connection. You can’t force anyone into a relationship that they have no interest in. However, if freewill is allowed to run it’s course freely, new Christians will never be the same.
by Jay Mankus