“Abide in me, and I in you…”
Abiding Glorifies God
Yesterday I started with The Setup and we ended with verse 3 where Jesus told his disciples they were clean because of the words He spoke to them. In verse 4 He simply states, “Abide in me, and I in you”.
Here’s what we learn about abiding in Jesus:
- We are to abide in Him and He will abide in us.
- We are fruitful because we abide in Him.
- We are to abide in Him and His words.
So what does it mean to abide?
Abide means to continue. Think back to verse 3 when Jesus declared them clean because of His words. He was basically saying you have what you need in Me.
Continue in what I have taught you. Continue in what you have seen and experienced. Continue in Me and I will continue in you.
It is not we who bring about our changes and growth in Him, but Him working in us. It is not we who bear fruit but it is as a result of Him abiding in us. It is not we who develop our strength and resilience and perseverance but Him transforming us.
When Jesus is continuing in us…
- We are fruitful for the kingdom of God (v 4).
- We are empowered to do anything (v 5).
- We are connected to Him and have life (v 6).
- We are given whatever we ask (v 7).
- We are proven to be His disciples (v 8).
I started our time in John 15:1-17 stating my belief that this passage shares three key thoughts as to why you want to be a follower of Christ who is productive—one who is fruitful for the kingdom of God. Today reveals the first key thought: Abiding glorifies God.
Jesus does all of this for us so that His Father, Our Father, is glorified.
This passage shares a lot. My brain sees this circle. We are in Jesus. Jesus is in us. In Him we bear fruit. Our fruitfulness glorifies God. Our fruitfulness proves we are His disciples. We get excited about what He is doing in our lives. We praise Him. We lean in even closer to Him. We continue in Him and it all begins again.
“By this my Father is glorified…”
So if I had a mic, and I wanted a “drop the mic and leave it all on the stage moment”…that would be it. I’d drop it and exit the stage or click “publish”. 😉
The Wrap Up
We have access to the source of life. He invites us to live our lives intimately connected with Him. As a result, we are forever changed and the lives of others are forever changed and by this God is glorified.
Lord’s will I’ll “see” you tomorrow where we’ll continue with Abiding in His Love.
Consider this: When you read “fruitful”? What thoughts come to mind?
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