Key Scriptures: John 15:4–5 "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."
1 John 2:6, "Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked."
Think of a tree. There are branches that are attached and dependent. Apart from the trunk, the branch withers and dies. Think of a flower on a vine. When the flower is permanently connected to the vine, the flower receives life-giving nourishment. To be unattached is to be separated from life-giving sustenance.
Our dependence is not on ourselves, other people, or the material world. Our dependence is on God. And God is alive and personal. When we are abiding in Him, we draw life, strength, grace, and peace. Abiding is a choice based on the truth that God’s Word brings. God’s Word tells us that our Savior is the source of strength, comfort, and everything else we need for life.
Concentration camp survivor and author Corrie ten Boom once described it this way: “Connected with Him in His love, I am more than conqueror; without Him I am nothing.”
Questions to Consider:
Are you abiding in Christ or yourself? What does it look like for you to “abide in Christ” in your life? What eternal things are you accomplishing when you are “abiding” in Him?
- Father, thank you for my salvation, which is the foundation for our relationship. Help me now to daily abide in You to cultivate an intimate, growing relationship with You.
- Pray and meditate on Gal 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”