Abiding in Jesus
Father, thank you for first loving us and for sending your son to this world so that we could know you through Him. Please prune out the things in my life that keep me from a closer walk with you so that I can always abide in you.
Read: John 15:7, NIV
7 "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.”
In the context of the verse today, we read from John 15:1 how Jesus is the true vine and we are grafted into Him as the branches. Jesus’ words are powerful because He talks about “abiding” or “remaining” in Him. For the branches that do “not” remain in Him, they are cut off and thrown into the fire. As a branch, grafted into the vine of Christ, we demonstrate that we are vibrant and thriving by bearing fruit. Jesus goes on to say, that the Father has loved Him, and He has loved us. Jesus shares that “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” (John 15:13) as a foreshadowing of his death at the cross. The reason for sharing this is to ensure that His disciples walk in love, especially when He is gone.
Abiding in Jesus means that we are willing to obey our heavenly Father, no matter what He asks of us. It means our lives resemble that of Jesus. He shares in verse 10 that, “if you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love.” If we love God, we have a heart for His people. In verse 17 Jesus clearly states, “This is my command: Love one another.” Walking in love means we do not only do good things for those who do good to us, but we love the unloveable. Jesus warns His disciples in the next section of John 15 that the world will hate them. Again, this should not deter us from loving them. If we are branches in Jesus Christ, we will show His love to all the world.
There is plenty of hatred and bitterness in this world. Today, ask God what you can do to demonstrate the love of Christ to a hurting world. People want to see Jesus. People have always wanted to see Jesus. If you are grafted in Him, perhaps they will see Him in you.
Father, let me be a branch that bears much fruit. May your love and heart be clearly seen in my life so that I may be a light for you in this hurting world. Remind me to “abide” in you so that the world can be reminded of your love for them.