“I am the vine, you are the branches, if a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
The Lutheran Bible Translators is an organization that translates God’s Word into languages that have no Scriptures yet. This process can take more than a decade to learn the minority language, codify it in writing, translate the Bible, and print it or audio record it so that people can hear about the love of Jesus in their heart language.
All of that work is invested in a written or audio product that can then either sit on a shelf, or be used. Once all the work of translating is done, LBT isn’t finished with their work just yet. The second piece of their work is called “Scripture Use and Engagement.” They focus on this so that the Bible doesn’t just sit on a shelf, but get’s used.
I think Jesus meant something like that when he encouraged the disciples to remain in Him. Don’t let Jesus sit on your shelf! Use Him! He’s here for you to engage! Pray. Read His Word. Follow Him. Tell others about Him. Worship Him. Use the gifts given to you in Jesus!
Dear Jesus, remain in me and keep me connected with you. Amen.