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The Key to being a disciple: abiding

Pastor Kevin Reed

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd NE, Rockford
www.gracerockford.com

A disciple is someone who believes in and follows Jesus.  Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 NIV).  The decision to follow Jesus is a decision that requires more than just a one time a decision to believe in Him. It is accompanied with a daily decision to strive to live our lives the way Jesus did and the way he calls us to be like Him. This decision to follow Jesus is impossible in our own strength but “with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26 NIV).  That’s where “abiding” comes in.  

Jesus said in John 15 “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain (abide) in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing…This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:5,8 NIV). Abiding in Jesus is the key to bearing fruit and proving ourselves to be His disciples. Jesus actually goes as far to say that if we don’t abide in him then all we will ever accomplish is a whole bunch of nothing!  Abiding is the process by which we learn to run too, and rely on, Jesus for everything we need.  Is it learning to live in him as he lives in and through us. Abiding is a daily decision to place our dependence for living on Jesus. It is the key to walking in relationship with Jesus in a way that leads to us bearing the fruit that brings glory to The Father.  

A crucial aspect of abiding is to develop the daily discipline of spending time in the presence of God where we talk to him and learn to hear from him. The main ways we accomplish this is through our time in the Word of God and Prayer. This is extremely important if we are to experience the abundant life (John 10:10) that Jesus came to give us. While our times together with other believers on Sunday mornings are important and life-giving, they are not enough to enable us to navigate through this world as followers of Jesus. We need to learn to daily abide in the presence of God as he promises to lead us and guide us and teach us. Jesus didn’t just die to forgive us of our sins so that one day we could be with him in Heaven. He died and rose again to invite us into a relationship where we don’t just believe in Him but we actually find our life in him because after all, apart from him we can do nothing. Let that sink in. The God of the universe who took on flesh to save us wants to have a personal, intimate relationship with us each and every day! Why would we not accept that invitation?  

Consider setting aside some time today to “abide” in Christ. Practice the discipline of silence and solitude and find your strength in Him. Open up God’s Word and find nourishment for the soul. Have a loving conversation with God where you can pour out your praises along with your worries and concerns. Make the effort today to slow down from the frantic pace of life and BE WITH Jesus.  After all, if you don’t, the best you can hope to accomplish is nothing. His words, not mine.

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