"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 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."
John 15:4-5 (ESV)
Abide. It’s one of my favorite words. It connotes a deep, enduring, firmly planted relationship with Jesus. It’s more than a casual stroll; it’s a long sojourn. Jesus says we are to abide in Him. And what’s even more incredible; He says He wants to abide in us!
The Greek word used in John 15 for Abide is Meno: to stay, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for) (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
When I’ve studied these verses in the past, I’ve focused on what I need to do to abide in Christ. I’ve struggled with …
Am I abiding enough? Am I in His word enough?
Do I attend enough Bible studies? Do I pray enough?
Do I worship enough? Do I think about Him enough?
Lately, He’s been reminding me that it's not only we that abide.
He abides… dwells, endures, is present, and remains in us.
And because of that, we don’t have to struggle to abide enough.
We don’t have to labor and sweat bullets trying to get close to Him.
We simply need to trust Him to help us sojourn with Him.
A branch is nothing apart from the vine. It’s dead, brittle, and easily broken. A branch can't graft itself into the vine. It can't give itself life. It can't bear fruit apart from the life-giving vine.
Apart from our Vine, we can’t enter into an abiding, enduring, in-for-the-long-haul relationship. Apart from Him, we. can. do. nothing. But because He abides in us, we can experience a very real, not-in-our-own-strength, enduring, sinking-into-the-Vine forever relationship. Yes, we can abide!
Do you ever feel disconnected from the Vine?
Do you ever try to abide with Christ in your own strength?
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