I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish , and it will be done for you.
By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” (John 15.1a,4,5,7-9)
… cannot bear fruit unless we abide …apart from Jesus we can do nothing …abide and then ask whatever we wish, and it will be done …abide in My love…
Sounds like abiding is very good for us. So why is it so challenging for us to DO?
When we abide, we are intentionally aware that Jesus is with us, in us.
Every moment we abide, we decide not to live solo – doing our own thing.
We belong to Jesus and we want to live like we belong to Him.
We practice being present to His presence in the ordinary.
…driving, cleaning, in conversations, taking a walk, parenting, working, playing, teaching. We invite Jesus; listen for Him; talk to Him; trust Him. We grow to sense His guidance, warnings, preparation, prompts, love.
Our character, our marriage, how we parent, our relationships, decision-making, our work performance… The more we abide, the more we learn: We are better when we follow Jesus.
The more we abide, the more we love Jesus.
The more we love Jesus, the more we abide.
Holy Lord, thank you that You want such intimacy with us, that you call us to abide in You. Strengthen us to turn from all that distracts us from abiding. Grow our hearts to love You most, Jesus. Amen.