Abiding in Christ
When teaching the disciples, Jesus used the example of a grapevine to show how they should abide in him: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me”. This is a clear command to all believers to abide and remain in Christ.
One of the many ways to abide in Christ is prayer. Simply taking a few minutes every day to pray and thank God helps us to connect and lean on Him more. Also, throughout the day, believers should talk to God. It’s important to continually listen for God’s voice when going about our lives. It helps us to maintain a strong relationship with God, and be more readily available to follow His instructions.
Another way to remain in Christ is through reading His word. By spending time drawing from His teaching and applying it to our lives, we allow for more opportunities for Him to move in us and invite Him to guide us. We should daily invite the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us, instead of trying to run our lives by our own strength. It is important to ask the Lord for help making decisions, and be ready to obey His instructions.
Finally, believers should meditate on Christ, and invite His presence. This means literally remaining in Christ. We can do this by setting aside time every day to quietly sit and invite God’s presence to come and surround us, filling us with His overwhelming peace, and leaning in to Him.
Of course, with all of Christ’s instructions, there are many things that may keep us from remaining in Him, if we let them. With praying and talking to God, we can be easily tempted by pride, thinking that we don’t need help. We could become selfish, only asking for what will benefit us. When reading the Word, we could be distracted by worldly things, and excusing the lack of devotions in our lives with work, and other things that we might value over reading the Bible. The same can be said about meditating on Christ. Work, school, and other distractions could draw us away from inviting God’s presence into our hearts.
However, there are ways to overcome these obstructions. We can find ways to remind ourselves to set our focus on God, and to keep our thoughts trained on Him. He has also provided us with the Holy Spirit, who helps draw our hearts back to Christ.
When we set aside distraction and abide in Christ, it changes our lives. God can then guide us to live the way He has planned for us. Because we listen to Him, we obey His instructions, and He helps us live a fulfilling life. That’s why it’s so important to abide in Christ.