Recently at a Bible study group, we explored the topic of abiding in Christ. We went through a process of looking at what it truly means to abide or remain in Christ. As the lord placed this in my heart, I had to examine my life to see if I was truly abiding in Christ. At first, I wondered what it really meant to abide and how could I do so effectively.
To abide is to stay at a particular place at all times. “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 (Johns 15:4 ESV)
If we desire to do God’s will then we must abide in his presence. It is through abiding in his presence that we hear from him and receive instructions about what he wants us to do with our lives. He also instructs us about how we can impact the world for him.
Another reason we should abide is, God, desires to have a relationship with us at all times. Our relationship with him should not just be one where we only drop in when there is a need. Instead, he wants us to live at this place of constant contact with him.
My observation about not abiding in his presence is, it is harder for me to pour into others. It is out of what we gain by spending time with God and his people that we are able to pour into others.
When we abide in him we receive the reward of living how he wants us to live.
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