Abiding In Christ
In John 15:7, Jesus used the words, “If you abide in me.” What does it mean to abide in Christ? Get your Bible and read the context for a clue. Read John 15:7-14. The definition of “abiding in Christ” is in here.
The definition of abiding in Christ is simple, and straightforward - obey his commandments. And his commandment is to love one another. The promise is that if you do that, you may ask for whatever you need. You can even ask for anything you want, to carry out his assignment and it will be given to you. This is the life of a disciple of Jesus. When you obey him and live in love there is nothing lacking, nothing missing to carry out the task he has assigned you.
So, no matter how small or inadequate your resources appear to be for carrying out the assignment God has given you, He is saying just love me where you are. Let the life of God flow into and out of your heart. Abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Just love Him with all your heart and love your brothers, right where you are.
What do you hear God saying? Repent and do it. Repentance is not just a one-time thing done only at salvation. It is a daily thing – listening for God’s direction and doing it. In Luke 8:18, Jesus says,
“Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”
Listening and obeying is the path to blessing. Disobeying is the path to loss.
And, don’t forget, Jesus understands weariness. He has been there, with his disciples. His grace is sufficient for whatever your impossible task may be. Just listen and obey. You can eat the elephant one bite at a time as the Master gives you instructions.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank You for Jesus my Great High Priest and my elder brother who understand when I am weary. I know that as I abide in Him, obeying his commandment to love, You graciously give m all I need.