3.11.10

Learning to Abide

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Sometimes, the Lord's presence is so evident. Worship is sweet, spending time in the Word is a delight. There is joy, a calm steadiness of trust. My soul says, all is well.

But something changes, almost unnoticeably. I know what it is when finally, desperate and empty, I stop to take notice: I'm not abiding in Christ. Rather than walking moment by moment in an intimate relationship with Him, I find myself distracted. My Christian walk becomes more about drawing from past experience or learned truth to sustain me than present contact with the Saviour.

It's humbling. Humbling, because I can be so forgetful. I've been here before, a thousand times. I should know better. I turn to face my Lord, ashamed. Needy, like a child. His admonishment goes right to my heart:

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me...Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in my love...these things I have spoken to you so that My joy man be in you, and that your joy may be made full. (John 15:4,9-11)

Help me to abide and to obey, Father, and to walk in this joy that you so beautifully offer. Nothing is more important than You.

1 comment:

Homemaker Design said...

Amen! That is something I have been learning and growing in with Christ - actually loving Him by following His commandments. He has been working on me in this area and it's true, abiding in Him is all filling, soul satisfying and life gratifying! You put it well in how we draw from past experiences or learned truths to sustain us... I have been praying/begging God to not let me be there. Ah such a gracious God we serve!

I like the photo, good imagery! *tearing*