Monday, September 18, 2006

Abiding in Christ

Abiding in Christ. This truly is the answer to the successful Christian walk. How many times do we try in our own power to live the good life and do the "God things?" How foolish to use our human abilities to line up with Christ? He gave salvation which we had no power or ability to attain in our own doing. How can we expect to live our after-salvation days without letting him work his power and might through us? If He is not the one calling, and He is not the one prompting, we may think it's a good thing to do (and on the surface it may be), but if not, it is all for naught. A portion of the chaff which will be blown away. Life truly is much simpler when embracing this reality and allowing Christ to do the work and to simply be His vessel.

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." -John 15:5

For good reading on this subject, check out "Practicing the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence and "Grace Walk" by Steve McVey.

2 comments:

Mark said...

Yes, Christians do need to know how to abide, but how do they do it practically?

This is where so many christians want knowledge, in this one particular area :-)

Andrew Allen said...

Hi Mark,

Practically, I think it's a matter of having a regular time set aside to spend with God. This can be both daily as well as having times of retreat where you unplug from the routines of life. In these quiet times, it gives space to quiet the noise, clear your mind, and really listen to and talk with God.

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