Hopefully, you were able to intentionally sit with the notion of abide. (If not there is always time for you to pause and ponder.) The more I reflect on the word the more meaningful it becomes. It is a rich notion worthy of consideration. In the sermon yesterday I said… “It’s interesting to discover the Greek word translated as abide in this passage is “place or to tarry.” In the Greek “tarry” means to sit down… it means to relax a bit and wait. Can you image Jesus saying, “Come sit here with me. I want to sit with you”? Those words have such a rich and deep connotation. There is a permanence of abiding together… of sitting together. Abide in me, as I abide in you” is not a simple comparison between two actions, neither is one part of the phrase a causal condition for the other – one cannot exist without the other.” We cannot exist without abiding in Christ and Christ won’t exist without us. There is a Latin phrase Coram Deo (“core-um day-oh”) which means “before God”. It means to live in the presence of God. To “Abide in Christ, as Christ abides in you” describes life lived in the presence of God. Be blessed by this promise and go about your day with confidence and comfort.
Scripture Reading: John 15:10
“If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.”
What is your reaction to, “We cannot exist without abiding in Christ and Christ won’t exist without us.”
How do you abide in Christ?
What is the forth commandment? Okay, what is the greatest commandment?
Prayer: Holy God, lay your hand on me and invite me back into your goodness so I may abide in your presence and live as you desire. Amen.