"Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me."
John 15:4 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of abide is "to remain stable or fixed in a state." So, the verse could mean "Remain stable/fixed in me as I remain stable/fixed in you." Whether for good or bad, whatever we root ourselves in is how we grow. If we root our lives (read: identity, worth, attitude, etc.) in our job, we will only be as life-giving as that environment. If we root ourselves in God, we are bound to be better fit for all situations. You see, He is the giver of life. I’ve tried to do life apart from God and let me tell you, IT DOESN’T WORK!!! Sure, you still live and breathe, but sooner or later, living and breathing won’t mean much. It is God alone that loves us unconditionally. Just as Jesus was embedded in God, we should strive to do the same. We have to strive to just let go of what we think God wants for us and to invite Him to show us.
Prayer for today: Today, I pray that we would allow God to uproot us from whatever is holding us back from more of Him. That He would show us those things that keep us from remaining stable and fixed in His presence. I pray that we would lay down our lives so that He can direct us as He sees fit.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…