Abiding in Him
John 15:4-5, 7-8 NKJV
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
If you have not read John chapters 14-16, read them. Then read them again. Maybe take a month and just meditate on these chapters. These were His last words to His disciples before He was crucified.
He says, abide in Me. If you abide in Me, you will produce fruit. If you don’t, you won’t. Simple. It is the will of God that you bear much fruit. What is bearing fruit? Being productive in what He placed in your heart. Without Him you can do nothing. If you abide in Him and His word abides in you, you will ask what you wish and it will be granted.
How important is this, again? Maybe, one of the most important things He has told His disciples.
To understand what abiding in Him is, it is important to understand what He taught before this. Let’s look at John 14.
John 14:1-3, 23 NKJV
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
It is sad how much Christians have made Christianity about heaven. The promise in the first few verses of this chapter, Jesus is not talking about the age to come! He is not sitting in “heaven” with a hammer building you a house.
Verse 23, He tells us what He means. The Father wants to make a home with you. That word in the Greek also means “abode”. God desires to make a habitation with you. Are you not the temple of the holy Spirit? (I Corinthians 3:16 NKJV http://bible.com/114/1co.3.16.nkjv) Did He not say that it was His desire to dwell among His people? (II Corinthians 6:16 NKJV http://bible.com/114/2co.6.16.nkjv)
God desires to abide with His people. He longs for it! And so many Christians are looking for the sweet by and by. He is looking to make this place a sweet habitation for His Spirit.
Abiding in Jesus is a purposeful event. You are the one that goes after Him. You must make the effort. If you didn’t He would not have commanded us to abide. If it was solely up to Him, we would all be abiding and we would all be fruitful. We know that this is not true.
We have to seek Him and keep His Word. What is His word? The only commandments of Jesus are to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Beyond that, you must believe the word that He has placed inside of you.
When you begin to abide in Him, He begins to speak to you. That is the natural sequence. His word that He places inside of you begins to outgrow you. It begins to become huge on the inside of you. Just as the holy Spirit brooded over the face of the deep, He broods over your abiding time with the Father. He awaits to give the word so He can act. As you believe the word, faith comes. When that words gets inside of you, whatever you ask will be granted.
How you see the Father begins to change, because you begin to hang out with Him. You start to become intimate with Him and He begins to create Christ on the inside of you. This is exactly what Jesus did. Jesus abode in the Father and the holy Spirit spoke to Him and gave Him the words to speak. This is where the holy Spirit equipped Jesus to accomplished all that was on the Father’s heart to accomplish.
Get this deep in your spirit. You cannot accomplish what God has called you to do without cultivating a life that abides in Him. There is a place in God where you can constantly know by His presence that you are truly never alone. Paul called it walking in the Spirit.
The Father desires to reveal Himself to you. He loves you. He desires to heal your pain. He desires to fortify you. He desires to pour life into you. He desires for you to know Him. This happens as you choose to abide in Him. Make it a point in your life to abide in Him. Get alone, right now. Close your eyes. Lay down, remain still and wait for Him to move on your life. Your life will never be the same, again.