One of the simplest, yet one of the most meaningful, verses I know. Jesus makes three things really clear.
One - "I am the vine, and you are the branches." Jesus makes it super clear that He is the source of life. John 15 is packed full of things along the same lines, but Jesus makes it as plain as day at the beginning of John 15:5, He is the true source of life.
Two - "If you remain (abide) in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit." So often we search out ways to see fruit in our lives, and that in no way is a bad or foolish search. However, Jesus makes clear the point that we have to remain, or abide, in Him for that. And what does that mean? Simply that every day, in all circumstances, we would choose to sit with Him, to talk to Him, to listen to Him, before all else.
Three - "Apart from me, you can do nothing." Love it. Sometimes it's a slap in the face; sometimes it's such a fantastic encouragement; it's always true though. While we can do things, we can accomplish goals, we can find ways to spend our lives, nothing at all is sustainable and fulfilling away from our Father. Nothing outside of an intimate relationship with the real, true, living God is going to bring real substance to our lives.
Life can often get very complicated, very tricky to navigate, or just outright messy. But at the end of the day, Jesus makes clear to us what is most important, most life-giving, most fulfilling when it comes to our existence - to spend our lives truly knowing and being known by Him. In one verse, three short ideas, He express that life comes from Him, purpose is given by Him, and that anything real and true and fulfilling is in knowing Him.
- Logan Johnson