3 July 2020
Connection to the power source
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch in me can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.’ John 15: 3–4
As in God’s garden trees are meant to be fruitful, so in our profession we are meant to be his useful instruments. Our own tools include so many ‘scopes’, from ophthalmoscopes to proctoscopes, and more. Each has several working parts, but remains without power and light, and so useless, unless connected to a continuous power source. So, in our daily lives, we need the continuous power of Jesus Christ to make us useful to him.
Remember, the lens magnifies the visual field and identifies the problem, but both must be kept clean to avoid a misleading picture. The word of God is already pure (Proverbs 30: 5), but when directed on our hearts makes us aware of our own need of cleansing. (Psalm 19: 9–12) God’s word also gives us a
clearer picture of our Lord and of the world. Just as a ‘scope’ must be directed and focussed for us to see the working field and solve the problem, so we need to focus each day on the tasks which God shows are ours.
So, then, I need to remain connected to the power source, Jesus Christ. My heart must be kept clean for his lens to show me the world and its needs as he sees them. The Holy Spirit may lead me to focus on one person’s care at a time, but always helps me to maintain clear vision. As we stay connected, remaining or abiding in Christ, we need to pray daily to continue as his useful tools, for his glory.

Read: John 15: 1–16; 1 John 1: 5, 6.