In life, there are many things that we repeat that annoy us. For example, we do not like having to repeat ourselves to another Over and Over Again. It would behoove us if that person understood, but we still do not like it. There are many more things that we repeat that are not only necessary but are enjoyable in many cases. Breathing, eating, loving, being loved, sharing, dreaming, hoping are a few of those things that we desire to do Over and Over Again.
Likewise, Jesus shared with us many things that we must do Over and Over Again that are for our good and lead to our enjoyment. In John 15, Jesus tells us Abide in Me. In that spirit, I am here telling you again to what Jesus said in regards to abiding in Him. As I read this morning in preparation to write, I saw the necessity to focus on abiding in Christ Over and Over Again.
In verse 5, Jesus said “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” We must abide or remain in Christ Over and Over Again. By doing so, we remain in fellowship with God almighty through the Spirit He gives us to dwell in us. We remain at peace. We realize our purpose. We handle challenge and controversy well. We imitate the character of Christ when we do so. We bear fruit. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing. We cannot realize God’s peace and purpose for our lives. We cannot experience the abundant life that Christ came to give us. We cannot experience forgiveness of our sins if we never abide in Him. We will approach doing something of good eternal reward without abiding or remaining in Him.
Acts 17:28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being. We don’t live, move or have our being without abiding in Christ; therefore, we must abide in Christ Over and Over Again. To abide in Christ is to surrender our wills unto His. We follow Him rather than our own selfish and sinful inclinations. Of abiding in Christ, Matthew Henry wrote “It is necessary to our doing any good. It is not only a means of cultivating ad increasing what good there is already in us, but it is the root and spring of all good: “Without me you can do nothing: not only no great thing, heal the sick, or raise the dead, but nothing.’ Note, We have as necessary and constant a dependence upon the grace of the Mediator for all the actions of the spiritual and divine life as we have upon the providence of the Creator for all the actions of the natural life; for, as to both, it is in the divine power that we live, move, and have our being. Abstracted from the merit of Christ, we can do nothing towards our justification; and from the Spirit of Christ nothing towards our sanctification. Without Christ we can do nothing aright, nothing that will be fruit pleasing to God or profitable to ourselves, 2 Co. 3:5. We depend upon Christ, not only as the vine upon the wall, for support; but, as the branch on the root, for sap.”
Join me in my pursuit of abiding in Christ Over and Over Again. Be blessed today as do so.