Every so often, I come across some profound truth of Scripture and think, Here it is, surely this is the secret to the Christian life.
Today it’s “Abide in Me,” the “secret” of the fruitful life. Now, I know that for most of you it’s no brainer, but today, for me it’s new, it’s fresh, and it’s the “secret” I needed to stumble upon.
Now, we know that “abiding” in Christ means:
Continual fellowship with God
Fruit bearing in increasing measure
Still, I wonder if we fully understand what it means to “abide” in Christ, because abiding also implies rest.
Resting in the security of God’s faithfulness. (We don’t hang on to the Vine, the Vine supports and holds us.)
Resting in the joy of communing with God. (Through our union with Christ, the Vine.)
Resting in trustful submission to God’s authority. (Through ongoing obedience that keeps the living sap moving, flowing, and fruitful.)
Yet abiding is a paradox, for it’s a productive place that is devoid of “trying.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but I get confused. I spend a lot of time and energy trying to seed my own little vine in God’s vineyard when I’m supposed to be a branch that grows out of the Vine itself.
In my efforts to be near Him, I miss abiding in Him.
That leads me to wonder how much of our lack of spiritual fruit is the result of striving to live near Christ instead of abiding in Him? How much of our lack is from trying to manufacture “fruit” in the vineyard, instead of bearing it in the Vine?
It’s through the vigor of the Vine alone that the branches grow. And it’s only through the sap springing from the Vine that each branch yield’s a harvest.
Yes, abiding in the Vine is indeed a good place, a peaceful place.
And here is the “secret” I needed for today: Abide in the Vine, not near it–and yield “much fruit” for the Father’s glory!
How about you? What fresh view of truth has God given you?
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