Last Sunday, my pastor preached a wonderful sermon about abiding in Christ. You can probably guess the scripture:
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
John 15: 4,5
This leads us to the question: How do we abide in the vine–in Christ?
My answers immediately raced to activities – prayer, Bible study, Church, ministry, small group meetings. These are all very wonderful and necessary for growth, but, unfortunately, it indicates that I’m often activity driven. When we describe others, we find ourselves saying, “he’s a task-driven person” or “she’s a people person.” One relishes the task and the other craves the relationship. Find a person who can do both well and you will have found a good friend, spouse, employee, or leader.
So, to answer my question, I think we do the tasks–prayer, Bible reading, attend church, serve others–and at the same time cultivate our relationship with God and other believers. Let’s be obedient-oriented and people-oriented in all we do.
Consequently, this will help us be strategic in what we do. An activity-driven person tends to get buried in his/her endeavors, goals, to-do lists. Think about the story of Mary and Martha. Sometimes we need to stop being busy, sit, and spend some time at the Master’s feet.
Thank you God for your blessed relationship with me. Forgive me for sometimes forgetting you and ignoring you even in the things you’ve called me to do. Help me to always abide in You.
How about you? What does abiding in Christ mean to you and how does that work out for you?