In John fifteen Jesus uses the illustration of a vine and its branches. He is the vine, and we the branches. It is a vivid picture of being attached to the source of life. For we know a branch that has been cut off simply withers and dies. But then in verse five He says, “he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” Do we really believe that? Can do nothing? We are doing things all the time. We are busy people. What does He mean that we can do nothing? Let’s think about the two great commandments, to love God and to love neighbor. Jesus said that these two comprise all the teaching of the law and the prophets. In other words everything that is valuable before God flows from these two commandments. And that which is valuable before God is the only thing that really has meaning in this life. Further, we are incapable of loving God or loving our neighbor apart from the Spirit of Christ working within us. It is in Christ Jesus that we see who God is and are drawn to Him. It is in Christ Jesus that we are motivated to show love, in whatever form that take, to others. It is only by abiding in Jesus that we can do anything valuable in God’s sight. It is then that even a cup of cold water given to a child is a worthy act before our Lord.