Without synapses . . . we would be nothing more than vegetables.
“No Casual Touch”
By Lyndelle Brower Chiomenti, Editor, CQ Bible Study Guide
A synapse is the “junction across which a nerve impulse passes from an axon terminal to a neuron, muscle cell, or gland cell.”1 Without synapses serving as connectors between these parts of our bodies, we would be nothing more than vegetables.
In John 15:4‒8, Jesus explained to His disciples the importance of being connected to Him. He said that just as the branches need to be connected to the vine in order stay alive, so we need to stay connected to Him in order for our relationship with Him to grow.
Ellen White wrote the following about our connection with the Savior: “This is no casual touch, no off-and-on connection. The branch becomes a part of the living vine. The communication of life, strength, and fruitfulness from the root to the branches is unobstructed and constant. Separated from the vine, the branch cannot live. No more, said Jesus, can you live apart from Me. The life you have received from Me can be preserved only by continual communion. Without Me you cannot overcome one sin, or resist one temptation.
“ ‘Abide in Me, and I in you.’ Abiding in Christ means a constant receiving of His Spirit, a life of unreserved surrender to His service. The channel of communication must be open continually between man and his God. As the vine branch constantly draws the sap from the living vine, so are we to cling to Jesus, and receive from Him by faith the strength and perfection of His own character.
“The root sends its nourishment through the branch to the outermost twig. So Christ communicates the current of spiritual strength to every believer. So long as the soul is united to Christ, there is no danger that it will wither or decay.”2
Perhaps some of you who are reading this have just returned to school. Your course load is heavy and the term papers formidable. Others of you may be starting new jobs and in order to make a good impression you are hard at work. Still others of you might frantically be seeking employment, hoping that you won’t have to move back in with your parents. Whatever you’re busy with, remember to stay connected with Christ. Some of the synapses that serve as connectors to our Savior are prayer (Ps. 145:18), Bible study (John 5:39), meditating on God’s Word (Ps. 119:11, 15), and helping others (Isa. 58:6‒9; Matt. 25:31‒46). Choose one or two of these and be as consistent as you can. After all, it’s no fun being a vegetable.
1. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed. (Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, 2010).
2. Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 676.