“Remain in me, & I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” (John 15:4 NIV).
Jesus has spoken of the need to abide in him – that he is my Vine. It is from him that I am nourished & live & have my being. Christ transmits the image of his Father into me. The transformation happens slowly. Jesus modeled how it is done.
He remained stoically nailed to the Cross. He died to self for me. At times the Vine’s purpose may seem confining, especially when I do not underst& how God is working. I, too am asked to die to self in order for God’s will in my life to be accomplished.
He wants me to bear faithfulness in two different ways. First, I can bear or carry it & share it with all whom I meet as I share God’s love with them, or towards them. Abiding in him helps me when I am in settings that make loving difficult to accomplish.
At such times, if I “die to self”, his unconditional love can shine through. He gives his grace in abundance in order for me to do all that he asks me to do.
Secondly, God wants me to bear faithfulness that is just between the two of us. He is faithful to me at all times. This gift may not always come in ways that are pleasant for me. There are times I am asked to bear challenges that seem to be impossible. They are as birth pangs & God’s strength shows up to help me get through them.
I bear his faithfulness by abiding in him. I am aware he knows what he is doing even when my feelings make it hard to underst&. By his grace & my stillness, I can choose to allow him to work. He helps me to be faithful.
Prayer: Lord, you gave your all for me in bearing the Cross & by abiding in your Father’s love. Now, I abide in you. Help me to ever let your love & care flow into me. Amen
About the Author
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 26 years of living with daily physical challenges.