25 Mar The secret to the Christian life is abiding in Jesus
Bible Reading: John 15:1-5
Beginning in John 13, Jesus gives a series of farewell addresses that continue until chapter 17. He knows that he will soon be lifeless on a tree as the crucified Savior, but three days later will rise triumphantly from the grave as a Resurrected King. In the middle of it all, he graciously reminds us that to be his means to bear fruit and we bear fruit by abiding in him.
Jesus commands us to “Abide in Him.” What does that mean? To a degree it can mean to “submit, obey and follow” Jesus. But to abide is not merely adhering to commands, doctrines or precepts, but to have a real relationship with a real person. I think to truly abide in Jesus is to receive Christ into our soul, welcoming him, trusting him, savoring him, and resting in Him.
How do we abide in Jesus? We saturate ourselves with the Word of God and we surrender ourselves to the Spirit of God. Sinclair Ferguson says, “In a nutshell, abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bibles. As Christ’s Word dwells in us and the Spirit fills us, we will begin to bear fruit.”
As we prepare for Easter, let us continue to saturate our hearts and minds with what Christ has done for us in the rugged cross and the empty tomb. Let us surrender to the Holy Spirit in our lives and allow Him to make us fruitful. “Apart from Jesus we can do nothing!”
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