'Remain in Me and I will remain in you.' John 15:4
In my reading this morning I noticed the number of times Christ uses this expression.
'if a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.'(v5)
None of us like the thought of our lives being fruitless or useless. We don't want to be remembered as someone who didn't do very much. The secret to being useful is to remain in Christ.
'If you remain in Me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.' (v7)
The way of effective prayer is opened to us if we remain in Christ. One of the most mind blowing promises of the Bible becomes ours when we learn the secret of abiding in Him.
'Now remain in My love. If you obey My commands you will remain in My love.' (v9,10).
In this verse Christ explains how we remain in Him. The answer is in simple obedience to His commands.
Finally He says:
'I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.' (v11)
The reason for remaining in Him is so that we may participate in Eternal Life. All the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Christ - light, joy, life, victory, purity, power. If we remain in Him we will begin to taste of all of these, and more, wonderful qualities of God.
Take time this week to remain in Him, whatever the cost. Slow down your pace, get up a bit earlier, spend more time alone until you find that in the midst of the rush of life you have found His quiet abiding presence with you. Then we shall be useful to man and God, our prayers will be effective and we will have the capacity to love all men.