The secret to living the abundant life in Christ is to stay connected to God through Jesus Christ. Jesus described the importance of this connection by comparing us to a branch attached to a vine. The vine carries the life-giving nutrients that the branch needs to survive. Christians often wither away because they have not remained constantly connected to Jesus. There are five ways we stay connected to God: (1) Worship him; (2) Pray to him; (3) Meditate on his Word; (4) Obey his commands; and, (5) Serve him.