“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4, ESV).
Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant by this? “You want me to remain in You, Lord? To abide in You?” your heart may ask. Does it mean to make sure and stay a Christian? To not return to the world?
It means so much more than that. Jesus is talking about profound, intimate fellowship with Him. Today and tomorrow I want to share with you two keys to understanding and walking in the truth of this Scripture.
We read more breathtaking words from Him just a few verses later. They reveal to us the first key: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love” (v. 9). Take a moment and let that sink in deeper. Can you even begin to imagine how much Abba loves Jesus? “This is My beloved Son, in whom I take immense delight!!!” Daddy announced this to the entire universe when He presented Jesus at the beginning of His ministry. His delight in His Son bursts forth in an enormous, overflowing, ebullient deluge. Sublime, fierce, tender love floods His being unendingly for Him. Now here Jesus says that He has this very same intensity and passion of devotion and affection for you. And then He gently invites you to live in it.
Live loved. Stay there all day long in the breathtaking shade of His loyal heart towards you. Dwell there. If Jesus said you could, then it’s true. You can actually live there. (He never, ever lies.) Ask for His Spirit of revelation to illuminate the eyes of your heart. Ask that you might perceive the radiant, pulsating reality of this love He has for you. Soak in it. Drink it up like a dying man in a desert, as if your very life depended on it. Because it does. Abiding in His love is what it means to really live.
Do you have any thoughts to share about what abiding in Jesus means to you? I’d love to hear them!