A couple of months ago, our youngest Joaquin wanted to go ice skating in one of the malls in the city. It wasn’t his first at it but I do remember the first time he tried. He held my hand most of the time and experienced a couple of slips and falls.

This time around, he still needed some help from daddy but mostly he was on his own. What a joy to see his skate!

While our goal is for our kids to become less dependent on us, we want them to become more dependent on God as they grow older. I’ve blogged about this in the past. You may read it here.

But at the same breath, as children of God, we mature and grow in our faith. However, the goal is not to become more and more independent from God. In fact, the more mature you become, the more dependent you become on Him. It’s actually the other way around. You depend on His Word. You depend on His ways. You depend on the directive of His Holy Spirit.

The more we mature in the faith, the more dependent we are to become on Him.

Question: What are some of the areas in our lives that we’ve operated in independent of Christ?

In John 15:5, Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

Apart from Jesus, we can accomplish nothing.
And apart from Jesus, we are nothing.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word that reminds us that You are our Source. You are the vine and we are the branches. Without being connected to You, we have no real life. Help us scan our day and scan our lives to see what areas we seem to operate in without relying on You and Your grace. And when we see it, help us to revert to You for You are able to order our steps and that if we acknowledge You in all our ways, You will direct our path. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.