4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.5I 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 15:4-5
You know you want it: a dynamic and fulfilling life.
Quit looking for “the next great thing” to give you a sudden boost of satisfaction and fulfillment in your life with Jesus.
There are no energy drinks for the abundant life.
A dynamic life with Jesus has no secret formula.
Jesus described the life like this: I am the vine and you are the branches.
Seek Jesus, stay with Jesus, be with Jesus, follow Jesus, obey Jesus.
Abide: make your home with Him; as He is making His home in you.
The Holy Spirit creates this desire for us, a sort of holy ambition.
Yet, “tapping into” the reality of His life, will require your own set of “little rules” or daily habits that direct your affections, attitudes, and decisions into Jesus.
Create patterns of abiding with Him both in solitude and in community.
When do you meditate on His goodness?
When do you mediate on His Word?
What cues have you put into your living space and day to remind you of His grace?
When do you pause to listen to Him?
When do you disclose through word and deed your delight in Him?
When do you pour out your heart to Him?
When do you say “thank you?”
When do you limit the the conspicuous consumption of all your position and status allows you because of your respect for Him?
The fruitful life Jesus gives is borne out of the intent to stay with Him.
A hundred small decisions.
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Thank you Craig. Other well meaning voices of late “out there” have hinted or out right declared my “little rules” to be legalism. But I know I need those “patterns of abiding”. This was so affirming to keep on keeping on with my little rules, rhythms and routines. And I’m encouraged anew to revisit others I’ve let slide.
Hi Susie, Yes there is some resistance to the establishment of patterns or rhythms of life. I’ve been there. We are free! However, to swim in deep waters of grace requires us to get “in.” I’d like to get “in” more often. When those grow stale, I may change them up. Legalism establishes self-righteousness. Discipline can be a response to Jesus’ grace. Grace to you, Craig