Founders Note: Today on the blog we have Meg sharing her heart on this month's theme Abiding in Christ. You can learn more about Meg on are about page.
Abiding in Christ.
Is this as elusive to everyone else as it is me? I mean, I’d love to be able to have a calm, peaceful heart, and always be content in my place as a daughter of Christ.
I’d love to be able to remember that at all times.
I wish I could display who I am in Christ, and that Christ is in me at all times.
But I can’t. I’m a sinner. Just like everyone else.
So all I can do is keep repeating this over and over in my head and in my heart:
““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 15:5
I love the way it is translated in The Message:
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.”
I love the part about “if you make yourselves at home with me…” Isn’t that a great picture?
Being at home with Jesus. Totally relaxed. Letting him in to all the junk that you only let those in your home life see. Not worrying about anything else. Just letting it “be.”
When I think of abiding fully in Christ, I think of “childlike faith.” Where we don’t really know anything other than loving Jesus and living full and free, barefoot and taking it all in, content.