This is not going to be my normal Thursday post. It’s going to be a little lighter. For the past two weeks, I have been waking up and thinking of a song in which the chorus talks about Jesus abiding in us.
I grew up in a small church and hymns were sung up into the last few years before I moved to a different state. In fact, when I attended college, they were giving hymn books away, and my mom gave me one because I grew up with it. I found a lot of comfort in the songs. Hymns are special because the lyrics are saturated in scripture.
In fact, it was scripture that kept the song lyric reappearing in my mind the following days after I read it.
(ESV) John 15:04, “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.”
Abide– To stay (live, remain), to submit (endure, withstand), or to wait for (expect, anticipate).
Christ lives in us, for those who have accepted Him (please see: Salvation’s Recipe | How To Receive Christ Into Your “Heart” for more information)
He endures with us when we go through trials.
And He anticipates us. He expects us. He longs to welcome us with open arms.
When I read through how we are to abide in Him and He in us…it took me back. I think a lot of us might struggle with this passage. We might make it legalistic. Jesus is ONLY with us, if we do x, y, and z. That’s not true.
But Christ can’t spend time with us if He is the only One showing up, and we just ditch Him.
I found great comfort knowing when I draw close to Him, He does the same. Every time I read His Word, He’s reading right with me. In fact, if I listen, I’ll hear His lessons.
- When I pray, He’s speaking on my behalf. He’s my Intercessor.
- When I worship, He’s singing with me!
- When I’m fascinated and calmed by nature, He reminds me that what God created was good.
In all of these special moments, I can grow with Christ. I am being pruned by the Lord God. It is these moments I can learn to let go of my possessions, idols, priorities that I’ve placed higher, like the rich young ruler. I can turn over sins to the Lord, and He can heal me. He can stop me and show me why my love for Him is greater and needs to be greater, than myself. Through Christ, and Christ alone, my flesh finally submits and lets go. That’s why Christ said:
(NIV) Matthew 19:26, “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Answering how someone like the rich young ruler COULD be perfected.
Abiding in Him, in this time, this is how mountains are moved.
“I’m rejoicing night and day as I walk the narrow way, for the Comforter abides in me.”
To view the full hymn click here.
To hear a newer song inspired by this hymn click here He Abides sung by Ridge Community Church.
How has the Lord been abiding in you?
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