Our responsibility as believers is to Abide (to stay or remain) in Christ and allow His word to Abide in us. I’m so glad Jesus used illustrations and parables when he taught because I tend to be a visual learner. In John 15: 1-11 Jesus talks about how He is the vine and we are the branches. “He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” When speaking of trees, vines and branches, it only makes sense that when the branch is connected to the tree it will produce, thrive and grow. When a branch is disconnected from a vine it will eventually shrivel up and die.
Makes perfect sense in Nature.
Makes perfect sense in Parable Land.
I’ll even go as far as to say that it makes sense when we think in terms of Eternity.
But how much sense does it make on a subtle level?
What sparked this post was a T-shirt a lady was wearing at the gym. I was sitting down doing lat pull downs and I felt kinda BLAH, like I was just going through the motions. I couldn’t quite figure out the feeling. Soon after, a lady passed by me wearing a pink tattered racer back tee that said, Abide in Me on the front.
One of those moments where you stop and think, God are you trying to tell me something?
This was around 9:15 a.m., my entire day began to flash before my eyes. It started at 5:00 a.m. with me pressing snooze 3 times and trying to get a last snuggle in with my husband before he and my oldest daughter set off for her 5th grade trip to Tybee Island. I dropped them off at 6:00 a.m., came back home and got my other 2 children ready to meet the school bus @ 7:00 a.m. Last but not least I had to deal with wardrobe malfunctions from a 3 year old who said her socks were too slouchy and her shirt was and yes I quote, “not her style”. 8:20 a.m. we are off to the gym and almost an hour later I’m sitting there thinking…..
I’ve been up for 4 hours and I feel….. disconnected.
Now I did pray with my daughter before she left and my prayer was honest and sincere, but I believe I stopped at Amen.
I am in no way suggesting that I should have prayed a longer prayer. What I am suggesting is that sometimes we can pray, or worship or whatever we do to connect with God and when we’re done we get off our knees and get on to our day. Subconsciously, we leave God and His Presence right there until we come back to that spot next time.
Abiding in Him is so much more of a heart position than it is a check list type action.
To me Abiding is when my thoughts are linked to His Words. It’s when the constant noise in my head is shut off and I’m in the moment enjoying life. It’s when I feel like I’m not alone. Abiding for me is when I go through my day and I’m sure that somehow everything will fall in line. It’s when I laugh at something that should have made me upset and when I feel beautiful without a single compliment.
Abiding in Him produces much fruit, not only in our lives but in the lives of those around us. Read John 15. Discover all over again how much we need to stay connected.