Just How Abidish Do You Feel?

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Abide in Me, and I in you” (John 15:4).

 

As Christians, we spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about whether or not we are “abiding.” 

 

Well, I have some good news for you:

 

You are.

 

Just look at the Greek verb for our English word “abide”. 

 

For one thing, it’s in the imperative mood, meaning that it’s a command. No big insight here, right?

 

Yet, check out the tense. It’s in the aorist, something we really don’t have in English. Aorist means that the abiding has no reference to past, present or future tense. 

 

So think of it this way: the remaining that you are commanded to do has already been spoken into existence within you. Isn’t that amazing?

 

Just as a branch does nothing to get or stay in the vine, you cannot do anything (good or bad) to stay in Christ. You just are.

 

The branch doesn’t try really hard to be a good looking twig. It doesn’t worry about how low it grows or how heavy the fruit is that it produces. It just is. 

 

In the same way, Christ has commanded that you abide and you do. When you feel “abidish”, you are abiding. When you don’t feel particularly like sticking with it, you are still persisting in Him. 

 

His sap is in you. He’s a given, flowing through your spirit. 

 

Before Christ, you encased the seed of sin. The whole reason that meanness sprouted out of you was because that was the seed that was in you (Romans 5:12).

 

But now, all of that has changed. God has put the seed of Christ within you (1 Peter 1:23). It wasn’t because you began to act nicer. No, it didn’t have anything to do with your actions at all. 

 

God transferred our sins onto Christ….and Christ’s righteousness into us (2 Corinthians 5:21). He did it because He wanted to. It had absolutely nothing to do with us. 

 

He did it because He is love (1 John 4:8). 

 

So, why do we have such a hard time believing that we are abiding? 

 

Could it be because we put too much stock on how “abidish” we feel? Or how “remainish” our thoughts seem? 

 

Well, little peanut, it has absolutely nothing to do with you. Isn’t that great news? Remember, your position in the Vine is because of where the Vine grew you. “Because of Him you are in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:30). He spoke the commanding word and you just were

 

(Go ahead. Read Genesis 1 again.)

 

So let’s testify this fact together: 

 

“Right this minute, I am abiding in Christ. God sprouted me there and I’m going to faithe that position. My feelings and thoughts can’t shake me off the Vine.”

 

Doesn’t that kinda make you want to erupt in praise?

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