ABIDING IN CHRIST
Bible Text: John 15 vs 1-8(15-16)
People are trying to play it safe with God. No one wants to go all the way for him anymore. How many times have we compromised God’s words just so the bible can suit our worldly standards. We serve God when it is convenient the most for us. The only time some people go to church to seek God is when they need answers or solutions to their problem. Basically, we have turned God into our trash can where we dump all our problems. Has it ever occurred to you that for once, we should quit asking from God and give to Him. God is not even asking for something that will cost us money or lives of innocent people like the “worldly gods” will when they give you a thing. All God is asking is that you abide in Him and bear fruits for Him.
John 15 vs 4-5 says: “Abide in me and I in you. As the branch can not bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so can’t you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me and I in Him, bear much fruit. For without me, you can do nothing.” You can’t choose to be a christian only when you feel like it and expect everything to work for you. You can’t be cold all days and be hot on only days when you need God and expect to do things in Christ that strengthens you. Christ can only strengthen you when you abide in Him. Just imagine how often you detach yourself from your vine and then expect to bear fruits. It is impossible. Abiding means continuing without fading or getting lost, to accept without objection, to conform with rules. How many of us accept everything God tells us to do without objection? If you were Abraham and God tells you to leave your father’s house to a land unknown to you, will you go without objecting? If He tell you to sacrifice the only child you have after waiting on the Lord for 90 years, will you do it willingly? The blessings of Abraham was so great that till today, we still claim it. Abraham did not just get those blessings by bearing Abraham, he got the blessings by abiding in the Lord. He conformed to the will of God without grumbling. Where God said he should go, Abraham went.
John 15 vs 6 says: “if anyone does not abide in me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into fire, and they are burned”. Jesus is saying here that if you don’t abide in me, if you don’t fulfil the purpose I’ve called you for, if you refused to bear fruits, I will cut you off and cast you out. You will wither and they will use you as firewood which means you become worthless. God will transfer your purpose to the stones so that His word will be fulfilled and just imagine stones doing what you are meant to do and you doing what stones are meant to do; just lie on the floor and people kick them about or trample on them. Like when Jonah refused to do what God asked him and he was running away, God caused a storm and almost capsized the boat. It took Jonah three days and three nights in the belly of a fish to realize he has to call upon God and tell Him he is ready to preach.
When refuse to bear fruits for God, you do not only make your life worthless but sometimes the people around you too. Parents, be an example to your children. Don’t be preaching God to them when you live the opposite. Beyond the words that come out of your mouth, let the life of God shine in you. When you abide in Christ, you do not have to tell people, people will see the Christ dwelling in you. Seeking God first is putting God as your only option. Only God can make a man faithful, without God, man is just an empty, unfeeling body walking the surface of earth. John 15 vs 7-8 says, “if you abide in me and my words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you. By this, my father is glorified, that you bear much fruits; so you will be my disciples”. By the fruits you bear and not by saying it, you are Christ’s disciples. Maybe before we step out to preach the gospel to our neighbours, we should ask ourselves what kind of fruits we are bearing? Do we even abide in Christ to bear much fruits and worthy to be called Christ-like? It goes beyond going to church all days of your lives, it is not about being efficient in your church duties, it is not about being everywhere and telling people about how good you are in church and productive there. It is about being productive in Christ, it is about obeying God without grumbling, it is about loving God and then loving everyone around us as Christ commanded us to, it is about fulfilling purpose and living for Christ and not for man, it is not about show-offs to men, it is about God showing you off as a worthy servant.
Live in God and everything will be made easy for you; even when you go through trials and tribulations, nothing moves you because you know that the joy of the Lord is your strength. Go forth and bear ever-lasting fruits for Christ. Let your life speak life unto others without uttering a word. Let people see Jesus in you, everywhere you go.
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