Yesterday I spoke from John 15:1-8 where Jesus speaks to his eleven disciples about the importance of abiding in him. As I understand it, To abide in Christ is to completely depend on him for strength and sustentation. It is realizing that apart from this abiding you and I are completely helpless. This realization convicts me in many ways. Too often I find myself wanting to drift from fully abiding in Christ. I realize this because there are times when I do not seek all of my nourishment and strength from him. Rather than hungering for God's Word, I hunger for entertainment. Instead of going to my knees, I find myself opening my laptop. Perhaps you can relate.
But as I understand the significance of abiding in Christ, I am struck by the realization that this abiding was never intended to be a mere one time occurrence. It is not as though Christ invites us to abide in him for one moment and then live life on our own the next. Jesus never intended for us to be cordless power drills that only come to him when our batteries are low and depleted. Instead, he desires for us to be continually plugged into him 24/7.
In planting a new church this past year, I have never been more aware of the need to be continually plugged into Christ. I need him all day long! I love what author Gary Burge says. He notes, “Discipleship is not just a matter of acknowledging who Jesus is; it is having Jesus spiritually connected to our inner lives.” This is the essence of abiding in Christ!