Thursday, May 11, 2017

Abiding in the Vine

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:4

I am told that when a graft is placed in a vine there is a twofold process that takes place. First, the new graft shoot it’s forming roots and fibers down into the stem and the stem grows up into the graft. Then the second aspect of this process is when the sap of the vine enters the new graft and flows up into its shoots affecting its leaves and fruit.

No doubt this is what our Lord had in mind when He said, “Abide in Me and I in you.” “Abide in Me” has to do with our responsibility of obedience and trusting, detaching ourselves from everything else and relying on Him. While we are abiding in Him, He is in us! He is strengthening the inner man by the Spirit of God. 

This truth of “Christ in me” is the hope of glory for the believer (Col. 1:27). It is a truth that is found in Colossians and even in Galatians. Paul knew that God had called him through His grace to reveal His Son in him (Gal. 1:15). He could declare, ” I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). Paul was willing to labor with the believers there until Christ was formed in them (Gal. 4:19).

This is the purpose of our abiding in Him that it may be evident that He abides in us! Abiding in Him is to realize that “our life is hidden in Christ in God” (Col. 3:3-4)! Our life is taken up into His; we are in Him and He in us! The power and victory for living the Christian life is in this wonderful truth. It is about abiding in Him and letting His life in me control all I do or say. The secret to fruit bearing is not about doing more for Christ; it is about being in that love relationship with Him and allowing His Spirit within me to have full sway. The new grafted branch cannot live independent of the vine. If it is to bear fruit it must abide in the vine and allow the vine to have control! The new grafted branch must surrender to the power of the vine! 

This is the question for each of us, am I surrendered and abiding in Christ? 

Tim Hadley Sr.

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