Have you ever seen the show The Amazing Race? Sure, it’s one of five billion other reality shows on television right now, but it’s definitely one of the best. Every week as teams literally race around the world, they are given unique tasks to complete in cities they know next to nothing about—usually including the language! At some point in every episode, the teams find themselves having to ask for help. Some ask for help quickly and run off on their own to try and figure it out while others ask for more than that—they ask for someone to guide them as they go. Isn’t this how many of us approach God? We go to Him for help with big moments—impossible tasks—and then move on quickly without Him. We don’t remember that He wants to do more than just help us. He wants to guide us. He wants to go with us. He wants us to remain with Him. Even Jesus’ own disciples struggled to grasp what it looked like to stay close to Him. And as we look at how He explained it to them, we get a clearer picture of what it means to remain in closeness with God and the impact that can have in our lives.
If you want to get the most out of life, stay close to the Source of it.
- Is it hard for you to ask for help from other people (for example, asking directions or how to do a particular task)?
- Why do most people struggle to feel confident that they can walk closely with God?
- Why is it easier to feel connected with God at church than it is during the rest of the week?
5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
- When you hear phrases like “remain in God” or “stay connected to God,” what comes to mind?
- In the same way that a branch produces fruit when it remains connected to the vine, how do we produce fruit when we remain in God?
- Why do we think that we have to “try harder” and produce fruit on our own?
- Name an area of your life where you could be more “plugged in” or connected with God?
(Name), you are a Child of God