What choice does a branch attached a vine really have? It doesn't choose to grow and it can’t control what nutrients come to it. It just is. Which means all the branch can do is be attached to the vine. Maybe that is real point of the passage. To abide is more about the vine then the branch. so what if we were to think of abiding in Jesus like breathing? We do it every moment of our lives and hardly notice it until we can’t catch our breath which makes us very aware of how essential it is. When abiding in Jesus is a noun – a state of being instead of a state of doing – it describes who we are instead of what we do. Of course who we are determines what we do which is to say apart for Jesus we can do nothing.