“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me,” John 15:5, HCSB.
Our truck was dirtier than usual. I had used the truck to haul hay and the last three bales of hay did not fit on the trailer, so I threw them into the truck; into the backseat of the truck. After removing the bales, there was hay in the seat, on the floorboards, under the seats—almost anywhere a piece of hay could slip, it was there in the truck. I tried using a mini vacuum—it got a few pieces of hay out, but there were still many, many more left in the truck. I used a regular house vacuum—it got a few more pieces out, but after all that work of pushing and pulling the hose back and forth, the truck was still dirty. No matter how hard I tried, no matter how tired I was, the truck was not getting clean. I decided it was time to bring in the “big guns.” I went to the car wash down the street from our home and used the Super Vac. In just a few minutes, all the hay was gone—from between the seats, under the floor mats, around the doors, all gone. The Super Vac did what the other vacuums could not. It had more power, more suction and more strength than the others, and it got the job done. The hay was cleaned out of the truck. The truck was clean on the inside and after five minutes in the car wash, so was the outside.
Our attempts to do good works without the power of the Holy Spirit are like the mini vacuum. We may accomplish a few good things, but we will not accomplish what the Lord intended. We may even pray about what we are going to do and then move out—similar to the house vacuum. We may accomplish a little more good than the mini vacuum, but it still does not get the job done. We will wear ourselves out, wondering why the results are not happening when we are working so hard and expending so much energy. Only when we move to where God is at work, accept His power and serve according to the good works He has for us (Ephesians 2:10), will we then see the good work accomplished to its full potential. Without Him, we can do nothing.
Thought provoker: Are you doing good works on your own or are you doing the works that God has planned for you? Ask Him what you are supposed to be doing and then ask for Him for the power to do it!
Lord, without You, we can do nothing. We need Your power, Your love and Your plan to make a difference in this dark, sinful world. Please make us willing to do things Your way and in Your power! Amen.
Hope you have a good, Godly day!