Abide or Wither

 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.  John 15:6

Right here is some great motivation to abide in God! I don’t know about you, but being withered is not a fun place to live in.  Whether you are feeling withered, or just don’t want to end up there… then going on a discovery of  abiding in God, is a must.

And if you want to bear fruit, then abiding is a pre-requisite..

  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

And what else happens when we abide?

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. John 15:7

Therefore

Abiding is a desirable place to be.  A place of flourishing. A place of intimacy. A place where we are connected with God.

Over my next few blogs, I’m going to look at different aspects of abiding, and give you a sneek peek at some of my journey and thoughts. Along the way, I pray you will find yourself  drawn even more into your own intimacy with Jesus.

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2 thoughts on “Abide or Wither

  1. Good thoughts Rachel – the call to abide in Christ is interesting isn’t it, on the one hand we have verses like those above and then we flip to after Jesus was ressurected and we have “It’s no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me”. I think we have to take that into account – its a before and after, old covenant & new covenant. Old covenant says we have to do the abiding and if we stuff it up then it’s withering and dying for us – its about what we do, New Covenant is about what he did and what we are freely given as a result – an abiding place full of rest because its not up to us to have to try and do it but to rest in what he did. Me in Christ and He in me – you can’t get any more abiding than that really can you! Thanks for making me think about this.

    • Hi Lyn . It’s wonderful for you to stop in, and take time to comment. And to make me think too. I agree that abiding is a place of rest through the cross. The call to abide is given post ascension. (for instances 1 John 2:28). Because of the grace of abiding that has been given to us, it becomes our response, (our responsibility in a sense, with what we do with that gift). Rather than it being a case of ‘stuffing up’ and withering, I see it more as choosing to abide.. or not. Choosing to abide, brings us that resting grace. Choosing not to, is where the withering comes in. That’s probably as clear as mud. (side note.. part of my journey has been looking into John’s writings surrounding abiding and loving others which he links so much together).
      Many thanks. R

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