Abiding in Him and operating from that overflow is so much better than forced performance.
// "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me." -John 15:4 //
As I was driving to my office last week, I felt a heavy message drop on me. Normally I don't share these if they're for me, but I felt led to share it out because I believe it is for me and others.
The message was simple: be a branch teacher.
I immediately thought of John 15 where Jesus teaches us to abide in Him as He abides in us (we are a part of His body and His Spirit lives within us). As a branch cannot bear fruit on its own, we can't without Jesus. Only with Jesus can we bear good fruit.
When we teach - whether that's speaking, preaching, authoring, blogging, etc. etc. - we are either going to represent Jesus or ourselves.
Either His revelation and grace to carry that message, or our own studying to perform well.
Being a branch teacher means living life with Jesus, abiding in Him, and practically teaching from that overflow.
Anything else is theoretical.
Being a branch teacher means hungering for His Word and Him in your life.
Anything else is usually from forced study time.
Being a branch teacher means saying, 'I'm broken, and here were some messes Jesus cleaned up and redeemed - let me tell you about what He did.'
Anything else is saying, 'Here's good news' but usually for emotional pull, not actual heart-change.
For me, this fits into sharing Truth through my brokenness, His redemption. It's people-centric because the focus is on how He can do that with others. It is faith-filled because He is the Source. It is purpose-driven because the end goal isn't self-gain but living for Him.
I pray I continue to abide in Him and share through that lens. And I pray you do the same, my friend.