As we looked at John 15, we see that Jesus calls for us to Abide in Him. The question we have to ask is, what does that look like? How do I abide in Jesus? There are different ways we can do this and of course the Word instructs us in this. Lets look at a few of them:
1.) We abide in Him through spending private time in the Word and prayer. Designating time out of our day for Him. Develop a life of prayer.
James 1:25, Joshua1:8
2. We abide by having public time with Him and His Body – the Body of Christ.
3. We abide by being doers of His Word and not hearers only. Walking and living in the Love of God is being a doer of the Word.
4. Continually adjust your life to your moral compass which is your spirit. Presenting your body a living sacrifice before Him.
We could go into details, but remember that abiding in Christ is not complicated. It takes purposefully, aggressively and intently going after God. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Notice the verse starts off talking about what your part is. It our responsibility to draw to God. Our part comes first. See, God already made the first move, (reached out first) by sending His Son Jesus. Now it is our time to reach out to Him. So by drawing close to Him, we are abiding in Him and His Word.
By: Steven Overbaugh
According to John chapter 15, we are called to abide in the vine, which is Jesus Christ. Abiding in Him basically means to remain attached to Him or we could stay closely connected to Him. As Believers, if we are going to look like, talk like and act like the Lord Jesus, then it is vital that we spend time with Him. I like to say, we need to invest in the relationship. If you think about your own personal life and the relationships you have with others, those relationships are only made strong through investing time with them. You can’t only have a short five minute “talk” with your husband or wife once or twice a week and expect the marriage to be healthy. In the same way with God, if we only pick our Bible once a week for a few minutes, then we cant expect to grow in and with the Lord. I’ve heard it said, many Christians give there body three hot meals a day, seven days a week, but they only feed their spirit man one cold snack a week. We can’t expect to bear much fruit for the Kingdom of God and see His blessings flowing through us if we act like that. No friend, Jesus said “ABIDE IN ME.” that means that I have to put some effort forth doesn’t it? I have to be diligent to invest my time with the Lord. To sit at His feet and learn of Him, as it says in Matthew 11:28. As we do, we will see our lives change and be conformed to the image of Christ and His blessings will be evident all around us.
By: Steven Overbaugh