A Reminder to Remain. John 15:4

Posted on December 22, 2011 by

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John 15:4 “Remain in me and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit on its own, it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

The importance of the branch remaining in the Vine no one can argue.  Neither can we take away from the absolute primacy in our lives and faith of remaining in Christ Jesus, the great lover of our souls.  The question is, “What does it mean to remain in Him?

One of the definitions of remain on dictionary.com is “to be left after the removal, loss or destruction of all else.”  How appropriate!  The Apostle Paul says, “Indeed, I count everything as LOSS because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus as my Lord.”  Am I willing to count everything as loss in order to remain in Christ?  Remaining in Him will never be accomplished if I hold onto other things and refuse to ‘count them as loss’.  The things that God has put in our lives by His goodness and grace are never meant to take His place!  In fact, the idols we cling to do not have the capacity to love you, provide for you, or mold you into the image of Christ.  And yet we continue to cling to them at the cost of remaining in the Branch.

In this Advent season, when we look forward to the coming of the Newborn King, we are reminded of the incredible effort that God was willing to go through in order to ‘close the distance’ between us and Him.   He withheld nothing in sending His Son to us to pay the cost of our sin.  This is a God we can trust!  We can gladly count all things as loss in order to remain in Him.

The writer of Hebrews puts it this way:

In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his beingsustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the majesty in heaven.

As we worship this coming King at Christmas, we can be sure of His great love for us, and that in letting go of our idols, we are actually paving the way to remaining in Him!  Remaining in Him will lead to the abundant fruit both internally and externally that you were created for.

ASK:  Am I willing to count all things as loss for the surpassing joy of knowing Christ Jesus?

APPLY: In light of Christ’s drawing near to us, how can I reorder my life in order to remain in Him?

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