“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)
I love the word abide. It connotes a deep relationship. It’s more than a casual waiting. It is to dwell with or continue on a sojourn with somebody. In today’s passage Jesus is inviting us to an intimate fellowship with Him. He wants us to abide in Him and at the same time He wants to abide in us. It is this divine symbiosis that creates God’s fruit in our life. As we abide in Him, His life force abides in us. It is His Spirit and His power that produces His fruit. Now I can understand why we would want to abide in God, but what amazes me is that God is the prime mover. It is Jesus giving the invitation. God deeply desires this kind of relationship with us. Oh that we would take His invitation and open our hearts and begin to fellowship with Him. Today, choose to abide in Christ.
Dear Jesus, help me to abide in You. Help me to earnestly fellowship with You, to spend time in Your word and soak in Your fellowship. Help me to hear Your voice and to bear Your fruit. As well, dear Jesus, please come and abide in me.
TODAY’S AFFIRMATION & MEDITATION
I abide in Christ, Christ abides in me
What a visualization is ours today. Sit comfortably and invite the Holy Spirit to show you what it is like to abide in Christ. Let Him guide you into the presence of God. Soak in His love. Sense His grace and mercy. Feel His peace flood your soul. Abide in Christ and then ask Him to abide in you. Open your heart to Him and invite Him into a deep fellowship with You. Picture Christ accepting your invitation and coming to abide in you. Spend time enjoying His presence, thanking Him for your wonderful relationship.
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