The Vine

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

Abide—Not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept continually, to remain as one to wait for.

John 15:5—”I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

“Abide in me.  These words are no law of Moses, demanding from the sinful what they cannot perform.  They are the command of love, which is ever only a promise in a different shape.  Think of this until all feeling of burden and fear and despair pass away, and the first thought that as you hear of abiding in Jesus be on of bright and joyous hope:  it is for me, I know I shall enjoy it.  You are not under the law, with its inexorable Do, but under grace with its blessed Believe what Christ will do for you.  And if the question be asked, ‘But surely there is something for us to do?’ the answer is, ‘Our doing and working are but the fruit of Christ’s work in us.’  It is when the soul becomes utterly passive, looking and resting on what Christ is to do, that its energies are stirred to their highest activity, that we work most effectually because we know that He works in us.  It is as we see in the word In Me the mighty energies of love reaching out after us to have us to hold us, that all the strength of our will is roused to abide in Him. Christ’s aim is to have me abiding in Him.”

The above quote from the book, “Abide in Christ” by Andrew Murray.

“To be held” is one of the definitions of abide.  He is calling us into His arms.  Not what we can do for Him rather what He wants to do through us.  Our days are full of many activities.  There are also times during each day when He is calling us to be still and know that we are in His presence.  

Lord, may You bring us to the place of being “utterly passive that Your energies may be stirred in us.”

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