Every time I’m in the vineyard, God reveals more and more to me about my relationship with Him.
If we look in the book of John 15: 5, we will see that Jesus tells His disciples, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
The word abide, means an active commitment. Many Christians consider their relationship with Christ as a one- time event that will automatically result in an abundant life with God. We think to ourselves, “I asked Jesus to be my Savior. So why isn’t my life better? Why don’t I have joy? Why do I have things in my life that bring me pain and frustration?” Be honest, have you ever thought this? I have.
Our salvation is secure after our one-time acceptance of Jesus as our Savior; however, believing in Jesus is not abiding with Jesus. To abide means to dwell, the same word used for a marriage commitment. If you are married, then you know that in order to have a good marriage, you have to do more than make a one-time commitment, on one day. A lasting relationship requires a daily, sometimes an hourly, intentional choice to love and honor your spouse. Imagine what your marriage would be like if you and your spouse never spent time together. If you never listened to one another? If you never served one another? You would be married to each other, but you wouldn’t be abiding with each other. And how would you feel about your relationship? What would you say about your marriage? “Why isn’t my marriage better? Why don’t I have joy with my spouse? Why do I have things in my marriage that bring me pain and frustration?“
To really abide with Christ, means that every day, many times a day, we must make an intentional choice to meet with Him, to listen to Him, to serve Him, and to obey His Word.
Today, let’s do more than just believe in Christ, let’s abide with Him!