John 15:4-5 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
When you live with anyone for any length of time, you are exposed to both good and bad habits. You learn how they sleep, how they eat, what they do at work and in leisure. Everyday activities are visible.
Abiding with Christ is not all that different. It means to invite the Savior into the most menial of tasks. It means to ask advice in things we wouldn’t normally consider seeking counsel.
The infusion of our Christianity into everything we do, think, say, or will affect what we become. A good friend coined the phrase, “Our meditation determines our destination.” His life is living proof of that very statement.
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”
Job 31:1 “I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”
Lamentations 3:51 “Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.”
I have found that I can become satisfied with working for God with strength, power, and intellect. But then I read:
“Without me, ye can do nothing.”
I have also found this to be true.
Trying to accomplish spiritual activity without God yields little to no fruit. When you and I involve God, the Holy Spirit at work, we will see phenomenal results. This is what Jesus was trying to teach His disciples and guides us today.
I mentioned Leonard Ravenhill’s quote yesterday that if the Holy Spirit were removed from most churches today, we would continue much the same and never notice the difference. My heart breaks over that statement.
I am a Sunday school teacher. I want those that attend to be helped by what is taught. God’s word tells me that without God, I cannot accomplish that.
I am the director of a faith-based addiction program that helps addicts not only stop their addiction but go on to live prosperous Christian lives. I cannot do so without the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit.
I preach every week. Without the Holy Spirit, my words would be an as sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal. I know that I cannot live nor love without God. Abiding with Him, living with Him, allows me to invite God into all that I say and do.
We often sell ourselves short. We downplay our significance because we genuinely feel insignificant. Why is that?
If you are a saved child of God, you are a child of the King; a son or daughter who is joint-heirs with God’s Son. You are loved with an everlasting love! You are promised a home in Heaven to ever live with our Heavenly Father.
When our perspective becomes fixed on who we are in Christ, we can take this life’s activities seriously in light of eternity. When we abide with Christ, His words will dwell in us richly.
Colossians 3:15-16 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Abiding with Christ means for us to put him as a priority in every area of our life. Take the time to meditate on that which you’ve read.