John 15 has always been one of my favorite chapters in the bible. I particularly love verse 5.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
I liked it so much that when I was in high school, a couple of buddies and I formed a band appropriately called "Among The Vine" (I'm not sure if that's grammatically correct). We were terrible. And if you're a close friend, I may even let you hear our one and only self-titled album. I digress.
What I love about this passage is Jesus's insistent message that He alone is enough.
How often do we try to do life on our own? How many times have you caught yourself onstage leading from your own strength? How often do you take on your work week depending on coffee instead of the promises in God's word and prayer?
The bottom line is apart from Him, we can do NOTHING.
Jesus isn't saying this to be oppressive. On the contrary, it is extremely liberating to abide in Christ. Here's why:
In verse 11, Jesus explains that he tells us these things because he wishes for his joy to be in us and made full. True joy can only come from Christ, and when we try to live on our own spirit, we feel the detrimental weight of it.
Worship leader, Christ wants to abide in you. Lean into his power. The same power that raised Jesus from the grave is alive in you today. Let his joy be made complete in you and sustain you! It's the only way we can do this ministry thing long term.