On a recent walk, a thought crossed my mind; “What does it mean to abide in Christ?”
It was not a new thought, but one that I felt I needed to explore further, hence the blog.
Before I go much further, let’s ask what “abide” means
to wait for
to endure without yielding
to bear patiently
to remain in one place
If we add the synonyms, we discover – to stay, dwell remain; to hang around; to Tarry
To abide in Christ is a key biblical concept – the concept of ‘being,’ instead of ‘doing.’ I quickly discovered that abiding in Christ is a paradox – the ‘paradox of abiding,’ because we are both seeking and resting at the same time.
We seek Him and seek to abide in Him because we love Him and want to know Him more.
We rest in Him because we are secure in the promises He offers and we are secure in our salvation.
So abiding is both resting in Christ, and seeking the face of God in our daily walk. It is the complete reliance on the Lord for our every need, and staying in constant and continual touch with Him. It is diving into His Word, and leaning on the promises we find therein.
Abiding is Christ is a process for me which form foundations in my Christian walk.
- To abide in Christ is to have an intimate relationship with Him. This is the most important foundation in my walk with Jesus. It is about living every day with a separated and seeking heart. My time with Jesus each morning is precious, actually a highlight of every day and I guard this relationship jealously. It underpins my whole life on my never ending passionate adventure to know Him
- To abide in Christ is to have His Word fill my mind. My relationship in Christ is intimately connected to what I do with His Word. As Christ’s Word dwells in me and the Spirit fills me, I begin to pray in a way consistent with the will of God and discover the truth of His promises. ‘For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires’ Hebrews 4:12 NLT
- To abide in Christ is to bear genuine fruit. In the commonly used metaphor of vine (Jesus) and the branch (myself) I am encouraged to get and stay as close to Jesus as I can. This for me means stripping away everything that does not bear real fruit. Real fruit, first of all is a Christlike character. As a result, my Christlike character grows naturally out of my relationship with Christ
Abiding is all about the closeness of our relationship with our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus. It is about our walk with the Holy Spirit. In fact, everything we do should flow from this source, and this relationship is more important than anything else.
When we abide in Christ, His fragrance emanates from our life to those around us.