Week Six - Day Three
Why the Bible is important to you?
John 15:7-12 - “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 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. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
John 8:31-32 - So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
How do you know if you are abiding in Jesus? This section of Scripture reveals four ways abiding occurs: knowing the Bible, prayer, love and obedience.
Verse 7 reveals the importance of both remaining in Jesus’ words and prayer. Je- sus spoke about abiding in him in John 8:31-32, also. Looking at these Scriptures together, Jesus explains that abiding in the words of Jesus will reveal to us a truth that sets us free from slavery to sin. When we abide in Jesus and remain connected to the vine, it is because we are spending time knowing his words and in communi- cation with him through prayer.
In verses 9 and 12, we see the importance of love. Jesus tells us to not only remain in his love (which comes from the Father), but also to love others with this same love. This is no small task given that the Father loves us with a deep, genuine, and sacrificial love. In fact, Jesus says that we cannot live up to God’s high calling without abiding in him (John 15:5). Thus, when we love others like God loves us, we know we are abiding in Jesus.
Lastly, in verse 10, we see that abiding also means obeying - not merely out of duty, but from a heart that desires to love God. For such a heart, the only response is obedience. So, we know we are abiding in Jesus when we are reading his word, spend- ing time with him in prayer, we are loving others with his love, and when we obey as an act of worship to him. When we don’t remain in him, we are left to our own devices, wandering o the path of life and into folly. As a branch, disconnected from the vine, we dry up and wither. Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” His word is the most reliable anchor for which we could ever ask. Without it, we are “blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14). To remain a steadfast follower of God, we must abide in his word.
- What fruit have you seen from abiding in Jesus as explained above?
- In what aspects of abiding do you need to grow?
- How might you encourage others to abide?