Some of Jesus’s final words to his closest followers reminded them that they were wired for connection. Jesus said, “If you remain in me, you will bear much fruit, but apart from me you can do nothing.” Peter wanted to believe this; in fact, he experienced connection to Jesus and knew what it is like to experience the life that comes from connection to him. But when Jesus went to the cross, Peter quickly reverted back to relying on his own power and strength by denying he even knew Jesus. Tangled up in the mess of his mistakes, once again Jesus invited him back into the simple way of connection with two words: “Follow me.” In the midst of Peter’s setbacks, Jesus is reminds him, and us, that it's not about what we do for Jesus, it’s all about being with Jesus.
For this week's challenge, be intentional about seeking out new or renewed ways to purposefully connecting with Jesus. Through whatever ways you choose to connect more deeply with Jesus, remember that the point of this connection is not production, but simply because Jesus wants more of you and more time with you. It is only by being connected to him that we discover true freedom that comes from knowing we never have to fix or handle things ourselves in this life.
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