Appearing to Abide

Appearing to Abide
Branch with leaves wedged in tree

Can you see the large branch stuck between the trunks of the tree? It fell in a storm and is wedged there.
It challenges me. On the one hand, it was part of the tree; the branches and leaves are correct and match the others. The leaves are still off the ground.


On the other hand, it is dead. The leaves are drying out, curling in and rapidly turning brown.


Appearances can be deceptive.


Jesus tells us to abide in him. He is the vine, and we are the branches. Our lives will only bear fruit if we remain attached to Him. (John 15:4-6)


Lord, help me to remain in you so that my life bears fruit. Remove any deception from my life. When I give the appearance of being a Christian, rather than genuinely abiding in you, help me to repent and turn from those ways with humility. Amen


DislocatedChristians exists to create and support a community of like-minded people. Our prayer is that you’ll find some echoes of your dilemmas with church and culture in these pieces, and it will encourage you to know others have the same struggles. Please like, comment on or share our articles if you’ve found them helpful. We’d be immensely grateful if you could follow us, click towards the bottom of the page.


Just as we are each a work in progress, so too is DislocatedChristians. Sometimes we’ll get things wrong, and we hope that you’ll forgive us and continue to stick around when that happens.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s