You are undoubtedly perusing social media at this moment. You being on social media means that you are assuredly on wifi or a cellular data connection, and your social network platform acts as a source of curated information for you to digest at your leisure need and pleasure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today I want to make this applicable to you on a spiritual level. One of my favorite passages of scripture is John chapter fifteen, where Jesus serves a beautiful allegory describing the relationship of the vine, the vinedresser, and the branches. Here, Jesus makes it clear that he is the True Vine to which all branches (Christians) are attached. Every branch either bears fruit or is thrown into the fire by the Vinedresser during the process of examination and pruning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Your attachement to the Vine means you are fed by the Vine via God’s Word, receiving needed nutrients as needed and as desired. A well-fed branch is a secure branch, and a stable branch produces fruit. The fruit which is the from the Spirit of God serves as the evidence of a well-nourished connection to the Vine. The pruning of your humanity to expose the character of the Vine is the evidence of a secure connection to the Vine. Your existence is not the definition of God’s existence, but the evidence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Let me put it this way; your existence is not defined by your presence on Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat, nor is your existence wrapped up in a connection to a network. Your social presence is the mere evidence of a connection to a network. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do not get caught up in the lies of the enemy that tell you that you are okay just associating with Jesus, as this is the evidence of a dead/dying relationship with Christ as the Devil grafts your branch into a false sense of security in being attached to the false vine of deceit and self-righteousness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Securely and steadfastly connect yourself to the True Vine. Let God prune the self-righteousness and things of the world, leaving his character behind.