WHEN THOSE WITH MONEY and those who need money share a mission, we see a central sign of new life in the Spirit of Christ. We belong together in our work because Jesus has brought us together, and our fruitfulness depends on staying connected with him. Jesus tells us: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). With him, we can do anything because we know that God surrounds us with an abundance of blessings.
—Henri J. M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball
Spirituality of Fundraising: Workbook Edition
From page 26 of Spirituality of Fundraising: Workbook Edition by Henri J. M. Nouwen and Nathan Ball. Copyright © 2019 by The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust and by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
How does the imagery of the vine and branches affect how you view your relationship with God and others? Share your thoughts.
I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.
—John 15:5, NRSV
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