Abide In Me

July 27, 2020

Read John 15: 4-5

Abide 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. 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. (ESV)

Reflect

What does it mean to “abide” in Christ?

My son loves to bring me blooms that he plucks off plants. He watches excitedly while I place the blossom in some water. But he’s always disappointed the next day. His face falls when I explain that the bloom cannot survive very long if it’s not connected to the rest of the plant. If we want the flower to have a long and beautiful life, it has to stay on the stem, so it’s connected to the roots.

That is what Jesus is explaining in this illustration. He says that because He is the vine and we are the branches, we have to abide in Him.

What does it mean to “abide”? The NIV translates it this way, “Remain in me…”. Remain. Stay put. Stay close. Don’t run off and go your own way. Stay connected to the vine!

More practically, accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Then, remain in the Word. Stay put in prayer. Abide in obedience. Do what He says. If you are abiding in Christ, you are walking through life in a close and intimate relationship with Him.

If you are in Christ, He is in you. The more time you spend in Him, the more the Holy Spirit will work in you. The more you’ll grow. The more fruit you will bear. But you cannot bear fruit by your own efforts.

In John 15:1-2, Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (NIV)

True believers are bearing fruit because they are abiding or remaining in a relationship with  Christ. They will be “pruned” or disciplined so that their faith can be strengthened and they will produce even more fruit.

Abide in Christ. Remain connected to the true vine. And watch your life become beautifully fruitful.

Pray

Lord, I want to abide in you. Keep me connected to You so that the fruit of my life glorifies You. Amen.

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I confess that this was a passage that ultimately led me to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour..
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Amen ! Jesus my lord and savior! In these dark and challenging times help me to stay close to you! Things can be overwhelming at times ! I don’t want to give Satan a foot hold ! Thank you ! Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
When we abide un Christ, since we are Christ followers we go everything in Christ Jesus.s
I know this to be so very true!
Yes for today!
John 15:5 has been one of my favorite verses. Enjoyed this devotional today.
I love the sound Doctrine. Our Lord Jesus has made it very straightforward for us. Please pray that we all remain faithful and bear much fruit, until our Lord calls us home. . Thank You!
Thank you for the comments and the great question. One of the downsides of the devotional format is the constraint in "real estate." In other words, these are to be kept brief. So often there's a lot of commentary we leave out. Regarding the fruit, this is what Theologian, D.A. Carson said about the fruit: "The branch's purpose is to bear much fruit, but the next verses show that this fruit is the consequence of prayer in Jesus' name, and is to the Father's glory. This suggests that the 'fruit' in the vine imagery represents everything that is the product ineffective prayer in Jesus' name, including obedience to Jesus' commands (v.10), experience of Jesus' joy (v. 11), love for one another (v. 12), and witness tot he world (vv. 16, 27). This fruit is nothing less than the outcome of persevering dependence on the vine, driven by the outcome of persevering dependence on the vine, driven by faith, embracing all of the believer's life and the product of his witness." I concur with Carson. DA Carson is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and co-founder of The Gospel Coalition.
Thank you for this reassuring reminder today! Lord, help me to abide in You, and You in me, securely connected to the Source, as You continue the pruning, transforming, and renewing process that You are doing in me to make me more fruitful in a life submitted to You and for Your glory.
It is the fruit of His Spirit as laid out in Galatians 5 which bears love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness and self-control. May we bear fruit in abundance to the glory of God, our Father!
I’m grateful for this wonderful devotional about abiding in Christ, the Vine. It reminds me of my first priority as his child. The flowers were a good and godly reminder of what abiding is, daily in his life, learning from and feeding in his Word, communion in prayer. I’m slowly reading thru one of A. W. Tozer’s books on prayer, too. I’m 81 years old, and, after following Christ Jesus for 64 of them, still find that I have need of instructions and devotions in righteousness. I did feel that this devotional was missing one explanation:: What is the fruit that Jesus spoke about? One could get the idea that it was a “long and beautiful life”. When I was coming up, us young folks were being hammered with the teaching that we must be “bearing/producing new believers”. That was not true, I learned over years of reading John 13-15, and other teachings from Christ Jesus! He really taught by his holy servant-life, and his commands in those chapters of contextual guidance, that the fruitful life is the life that produces his servant-like and sacrificial love. I’m sure the abiding fruit of the Spirit, Paul taught, comes, too. But it comes out of Christlike, God-like love.
Thank you Lord Jesus for being the source of all life, joy, peace, produce and eternal life. Without you we will die but with you life evermore. Amen
Father help me to be in you lord that when my work isdonei just want to be with you holding your precious hands.help me lord
Lord stay in my life so that I please you
With living this life I sometimes forget to stay connected to the power source, Jesus Christ. I thank God He sends us a word so that we may stay connected to the power source. No disconnection notices. Amen.
Oh no my friend. God loves you. Remember Paul said he had to beat his flesh into submission. The Holy Spirit in us wars against the flesh. We must be in Gods word daily and always praying. It's a step at a time. Relationship is the key. You stay in close relationship with Jesus and you will get closer and will feel his presance
Amen
I love the practical commentary on abide . Please pray for me to adhere to the principles of staying put in prayer, walking in obedience, completely yielding to the Holy Spirit in order to be fruitful.
A question: Does God deliberately make some branches fruitless? Based upon my experiences, I sometimes think he did this with me.