"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in me. 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 15:4-5)
What would happen in your life if you spent every day connecting with God for 30 days in a row? How might God change you, your relationships, your purposes, your surroundings?
So much of the spiritual journey is pressing forward, moving through barriers, and taking next steps of growth. Jesus gives us the invitation to "abide in him, and he in us." It is an invitation into a life of intimacy and unity with Christ. It is a life of making our home in Christ, and dwelling in him, while he does the same in us.
Do you want the abiding life with Christ?
I believe that the abiding life first begins with us asking ourselves the question, "Do I want the abiding life with Christ?" In other words, do you desire the relationship and lifestyle he proposes? Take a moment, and be honest with yourself. Do you want the abiding life with Christ? Is that the ultimate vision you have for your life?
I want the abiding life. Where do I begin?
If you want the abiding life, then you simply start from where you are. Jesus always called people to follow him from where they were standing. So how is he calling you to live? What action step is he inviting you to take in order to follow him? You may have an immediate answer. There may be an action that you know that you need to take right now.
If you don't know, ask God. Take a moment right now. Ask him, "God, what next step with you are you inviting me to take?" Sit quietly in his presence, and wait on him to respond to you.
Join us for 30 Days of Abiding
If you want to take a step further in abiding in Jesus, I invite you to participate in 30 Days of Abiding in November. For 30 days, beginning on November 1st, I am committed to 30 Days of Abiding.
A group of us did 30 Days of Abiding in July 2016, and it was a powerful, growthful experience for many. So we're doing it again.
Recently, I shared that God has been inviting me to cultivate the practice of gratitude. I will be putting that into practice through 30 days of practicing gratitude. I will be making space every day to practice gratitude by keeping a gratitude journal, as well meditating on Scripture that helps me to worship and thank God.
If you want to join me and others in 30 Days of Abiding, check out 30 Days of Abiding for more details on how to participate. I hope you join us!
What spiritual rhythm could you practice for 30 days? How do you think your life would change if you encountered God in a small way every single day? Please share in the comments.
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