Good morning, good afternoon or good evening. I pray that as you are taking the time to read this devotion…that you are blessed. What I’m about to share with you is something so important that Jesus took the time to put this in scripture for you and I to read. It’s something that will keep you and I in the days to come. It’s something so simple that we sometimes take it for granted. Yet it’s so important that it could make the biggest difference in our lives. Are you ready? It’s one word. You’ve probably figured it out by now because the word is pictured above. That word is “ABIDE.” Let me ask you a question. Are you abiding in Christ today? Think about that for a second while you read the scripture below:
Go ahead and read it one more time. Let it sink in for a second. I pray that you begin to examine your own life at this moment. Let me ask that question one more time, “are you abiding in Christ?” Let me put it another way…is Jesus your lifeline? Is he the True Vine in your life? If he is, then praise God. If anything this devotion will just be a refreshing to you…because you my friend are someone that loves to soak in the presence of God. But if this is not you, then this is a reminder to you. Jesus took the last opportunity he had with his disciples to remind them about this very important principle that would keep them for the rest of their lives.
Before we end our heart to heart today, I want to leave you with 4 ways that you can tell if someone is abiding in Christ:
- They’re going to produce fruit. [Is there fruit in your life?]
- They’re going to experience the Father’s pruning in order to bear more fruit. [Sometimes it would take 3 years to produce sweeter fruit. That might even be the case in your life today.]
- They’re going to have their prayers answered. [Some prayers might be under ‘wait’ status…but you’ll be able to look back and see a track record of answered prayer.]
- They’re going to experience a deepening love for Christ and for others. [Our relationship with God will connect us to others and we’ll have a deeper desire to do more for Him.]