“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:4-5 NLT
Let’s talk about “remaining” in Christ. The Greek word translated “remain” in our passage is “meno.” It is used eleven times in the first nine verses of John 15. This frequent usage would seem to mean that “remaining” is a key to the whole process of bearing fruit. It is translated into English as remain, dwell, or abide. The concept of the word is that of spending time with someone and being deeply connected to them.
The word picture Jesus is conveying is one of a branch and vine—the life flows through the vine to the branch. If the branch gets disconnected from the vine, the branch will die. As branches, we need to be sure we are connected to the right vine.
How do we practice remaining in Christ?
We begin by committing to time in God’s Word daily. Spending time reading and reflecting on what God is saying through His Word. You can’t love Jesus and not love His Word.
Next, there is the opportunity for prayer. When we talk to God, we are connecting with the Spirit of God through our prayers.
Then, there is worship with other believers. Worship is done in large and small groups. The New Testament Church practiced meeting together regularly in the Temple courts and in their homes (Acts 2). We should follow that model by meeting weekly in large corporate gatherings and also in our small groups.
There are other ways that we remain or abide in Christ. I personally find connection when I read good material, listen to podcasts of Bible teachers, journal, and take a walk. People all connect differently, but we should all practice time with God’s Word, God’s Spirit, and God’s family.
Holy Spirit, please help me to connect with You daily. Help me learn to remain in You and not always be in a hurry to leave Your presence.
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