02 March 2017

Abide in Me...Part 2

Continued from Wednesday, 3/1.

     What Jesus asks us is that we remain in him.  The Greek word for remain is meno which means abide, continue, dwell, remain.  This command is quite counter-culture to our instant culture.  What Jesus calls us to isn’t something you try for five minutes and then move on.  It requires us to slow down, take a deep breath, and dwell, abide, wait.  When I am remaining in Jesus throughout the day, I can see the fruit—abundantly more fruit that I could ask for.  When I rush through life, I don’t see the same results.  
     Lysa Terkeurst says, “Jesus doesn’t participate in the rat race.  He’s into the slower rhythms of life, like abiding, delighting, and dwelling—all words that require us to trust Him with our place and our pace.”
     What would it look like for us to trust God in our place and our pace?  What would it look like to ask Jesus into every part of our life?  You may ask yourself, “How do I bear fruit?  I go to church, do devotional time.”  But for abundant fruit, you must remain in Him.  Are you remaining in Jesus day after day or are you rushing to get everything done?  Are you slowing down your pace, truly listening to the message at church and applying it to your life?  Are you spending your devotional time remaining in Jesus, truly hearing from him or are simply doing it to check something off your to do list?
     When we slow down and ask God if He would speak to us, is when we see God show up!
     The Good News of the Gospel is that we can come to Jesus how we are.  Even if we know we have been moving through life way too quickly, we can come to Jesus and ask Him to slow us down.  We can devote spending more time in His presence.  We can come to Jesus just how we are and know that He will provide for us!  We can know that we are purpose-driven people who are intended to bear fruit.  This is how we show that we are Jesus’ disciples to the world.
     Would we be people that is not just satisfied with being your average Christian, but instead be people who are known by our fruit?  When others ask what satisfies us, would we be able to answer Jesus?  Would our life not be reflected by rushing but instead by quieting ourselves in the Lord’s presence?

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

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