Sugar Water Christianity

Pastor Steve TaylorFasting 2017

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.
John 15:5 (NIV)
Did you have a live Christmas tree growing up or did your family put up an artificial one? I don’t have against the
artificial ones, especially since we have one (Can you say allergies?), but in my opinion, nothing says Christmas like a cut
Christmas tree in the house. I love the smell of it and it reminds me of all the things I love about Christmas… and some
of the things I don’t.
I hated having to vacuum up needles throughout the Christmas season and watering the tree everyday. My mom always
mixed up some sugar water for us to put in the tree-stand. She thought it made the tree hold its needles a little better.
I’m not sure if it did or not but mom believed it did and that’s what mattered.
When Christmas was over and the decorations came down, the tree didn’t get planted in the yard no matter how green
it still looked or how fragrant it still smelled. Nope. It went to the land-field for one simple reason. It was dead. It had
lost its connection from its source of life and it couldn’t live on sugar water no matter how much you gave it. The same
thing is true in our spiritual lives as well.
Read About It: John 15:1-8
Jesus drove this point home to his disciples as he was heading to the cross. Even though he would no longer be
physically present with them, they could still remain connected through the Holy Spirit. From this point forward, the
Holy Spirit would bring them everything they needed for life and growth like sap flowing from the Vine.
Think About It: The same thing still holds true for us today. We have to be connected and stay connected to the True
Vine if we hope to grow in faith and purity. We cannot live on recycled faith of others anymore than a cut Christmas
tree can survive on sugar water.
Pray About It: In light of John 15, how well am I connected to the Vine?
• What part does time in the Word, prayer, worship, and the community of faith play?
• What evidence is there in my life of that connection and where does it need to be stronger?