A few days ago I was in a book discussion and the book we were looking at was Abide in Christ by Andrew Murray. It was such a powerful, moving and encouraging book and the discussion we had was just as uplifting. This whole month I was reading the book and studying it out I’ve thought a lot about what it means to “abide in Christ,” and how that looks in everyday life.
I think it’s so beautiful how Jesus uses the illustration of the believers love and relationship to Him as the vine and branches. Just as the branch can only bear fruit as it’s abiding to the vine, then so we as Christians can only bear spiritual fruit if we are abiding in Jesus.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5
The word abide has the meaning to remain, to dwell, to submit. We are to dwell, (live) in Christ in the same way a branch is connected to a vine. And this is important because a branch can’t exist aside from a vine.
Jesus wants us to be bearing fruit, such fruits that are found in Galatians 5 – love, joy, peace patience, kindness and so on.
Abiding in Christ is remaining in Him. You can’t have grapes without a grapevine the same with you can’t have life without Jesus. If a branch was disconnected from the vine it is dead, meaning there is no life in it. It’s a picture of Jesus and how our life is without Him in it being disconnected from Him. As believers we draw our strength and life from Him. Just as branches are dependent on the vine so we are dependent on Christ and the sustaining life He gives.
Abiding in Christ means to trust, obey, and in Him we find all that we need. We don’t detach ourselves if times get rough and too difficult to handle. Instead we believe the truths of His Word and let the Holy Spirit draw out the fruit of His truths in and through our life.
Abiding in Christ we must be rooting our hearts into God’s Word. We must be hiding it deep within our souls. God’s Word must abide in us to truly bear fruit of obedience and trust and the character of who Jesus is.
Abiding in Christ is having union with Jesus. It’s an interaction that will cause the life fruit of Christ to enter inside of you. It is having sweet fellowship with Him. Weekly, daily, hourly, a minute-by-minute realization of Him and His abiding presence. When we are conscious of this reality we find love, joy, contentment and a faith built stronger.
In conclusion, abiding in Christ is being filled with His Holy Spirit. We are dependent on Him and interact with Him in a way that will make us more like Him. It is constant, a daily living, a continual interaction with the Lord, Jesus Christ!
“Abiding in Him is not a work that we have to do as the condition for enjoying His salvation, but a consenting to let Him do all for us, and in us, and through us. It is a work He does for us,- the fruit and the power of His redeeming love. Our part is simply to yield, to trust, and to wait for what He has engaged to perform.” – Andrew Murray