If we’re driving down the road and see a sign that says “Bridge Out,” it’s good to heed the warning. This verse is definitely one of those “Bridge Out” type of warnings. This is not a reference to salvation but refers to our earthly usefulness in bearing fruit. Jesus is giving us a simple formula: abide in Christ or we won’t be useful for the Kingdom. He gave a vivid illustration of this with the Parable of the Talents. Obviously the last servant who buried his one talent was not abiding or connected to the master. Jesus also warned in the Sermon on the Mount that as salt of the earth we could lose our flavor.
The solution is simple; walk in His steps, love as He loves, serve as He serves, go where He goes, and every road will have a solid bridge to cross.
Heeding the warning,
Pastor Gerard Deleeuw