Pastor Robert Hudson, Littleby Baptist Church
“Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
Jesus is telling His disciples that they need to be connected to Him in every way. When we think about how this applies to us it comes down to making Jesus a priority in our lives. Starts with making time to talk to Him regularly and spend time reading the Word of God. In continues with us repenting of our sins and trying to live as the new creations we are. We will regularly fall, but we are to get back up and try again.
As we Remain in Jesus we ultimately will draw closer to Him. As we do this, remaining in Him will get easier over time as will living for Him. It may seem hard at times to live as the Bible teaches us, but the more time we spend with God the more we will seek His will in our lives. As we seek Him and His will it is easier to see God at work in our own lives and the lives of those around us. Our job is to do what we can to Remain in Him and then let Him work in us. He will mold and shape us as His followers. Jesus gave us another ‘Remain’ statement a few verses down the page.
“As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love.” John 15:9…
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