One of the main motivations of Abide365 is to empower others to abide in Christ 365 days a year, for the rest of their lives. According to John 15, it is clear that we as children of God are called to abide in Christ.
I hear you ask, ‘What on earth does that mean, and how do I do that?’ Good question.
In order to abide in Christ, we first need to understand what the word actually means.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The definition of abide is to ‘accept or act in accordance with (a rule, decision, or recommendation).’
Other words to describe the word abide are ‘obey’, ‘observe’, ‘follow’, ‘conform to’ and ‘respect’.
In context to the passage in John 15, it means that we abide in Christ by accepting and acting in accordance with God’s rule (His Will), decisions (His way) and commandments (His Word). In other words, ultimately, you cannot abide in Christ apart from accepting, acting in accordance with, obeying, observing, following, conforming to and fearfully respecting His word.
HOW DO I?
According to the dictionary, ‘abide’ is a verb. A verb is a doing word.
Thus, abiding in Christ is something you do, but the motivation to do so comes from a place of who you are.
You do because of who He is… And you do because of who you are!
This entails that to abide in Christ there are a some things you need to do, namely:
• Devote yourself to daily spending time in God’s Word getting to KNOW Him, studying it and living it out in obedience
• Spend time in worship and prayer (singing, speaking and listening) to God
• Have regular times of fasting (with prayer)
• Ongoing fellowship with believers and attending a Bible believing church
• Effective evangelism for the further extension of God’s kingdom
“Abide in Me, and I in you…” – John 15 vs 4a (NKJV)
Abiding in Christ at its core is really all about relationship. It is about developing a deeper loving relationship with Jesus. In doing so Christ will abide in us too. He desires that we engage in an eternal relationship with him as much as He does. Jesus wants you to abide in him so that He can work in you and also through you. We can only be fruitful and effective for Christ as we abide. It’s doing the above because of God’s love for you and your love for Him. Everything we do that will have a lasting impact and be anything of significance eternally will flow directly from this intimate relationship with Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Be sure to cultivate and nurture it above all else.
“…apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15 vs 5b (NIV)
I encourage you to pursue Christ like never before and commit to abide in Jesus through his word every day from this day forward, each day for the rest of your life, never missing one.
It is not a matter of legalism; it’s a matter of faithfulness.
May you Abide365
Jarrod is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, who is fully devoted to the Word of God. Jarrod is married to Tamzyn and together they have one awesome boy, Malachi Josiah.