VERSE OF THE DAY:
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John chapter 15 is the “Vine and Branches” analogy where Jesus compares Himself to a vine, The Father to a husbandman, and believers to branches. Every branch that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit He purgeth, that it may bring forth more fruit.
There is the ultimate answer to the question: Why do bad things happen to good people? That spells out why trials come to both the active Christians and the dormant ones. Anyone else cannot be considered a, “good”, person because righteousness alone stinks in the nostril of God. But, we see why it has to be this way, God does not revel in our pain, He gives us just as much as He knows we can handle, so that we may come through the trial stronger and bearing more fruit than before.
How can we relate to what lost people are going through without experience trouble and heartache firsthand? How can we administer the cure of the gospel to a wounded soul when we don’t know what it feels like to be hurt, confused, or in doubt? I think most Christian live a fantasy called “Joy In Christ”; thinking that this world of Christianity is all play and no work is an illusion. Being happy in Christ is one thing, knowing what to do with that joy and happiness is another. We are not made glad for our own enjoyment and amusement. As the song says, He has made me glad, He has made me glad. I will rejoice for He has made me glad.
Why are we made glad? To rejoice, to lift up His name. Jesus said: If the Son of Man be lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself. That’s our job, to lift up Jesus that others may see and be drawn by the Holy Spirit unto Him. We are the branches, we work for Christ, not just live in Him, we work together with Him and for His cause.
The vine and branches analogy is similar to the Body of Christ analogy in that both portray believers as the workman of God. We are in Christ, He is in us, and we live our lives for Him. As in the vine all the branches find purpose and meaning, in the body, each member finds a meaning and purpose.
Abide in me and my words in you…
Abide means stay with, be sheltered in, or remain. We are to hide ourselves in Christ, to abide in him and let His words abide in our hearts. To live a fruitful Christian life, we need to be so much like God that people can’t tell the difference. I want to live my life in a way that people wouldn’t see me because there is too much Jesus. I want the light of Christ to be so bright in my life that people can’t help but notice Him. The only way for any of this to happen, is for me to abide in Christ and allow His Word to abide in me.
Are you abiding in Christ? Are you living your life for yourself? Are you so close to the master that people can’t tell you apart? If not, why? When the sole purpose of the human creation was to have fellowship with and give praise to the One True God, why do we not take this purpose and live it?
God wanted something that would praise Him of its own free will, so He created mankind. Live your purpose, abide in Christ, let His words abide in you, and you shall reap the fruit of everlasting joy and happiness having many crowns to lay at The Master’s feet.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist