How to Abide in Christ and What it Means
Sometimes we just need a do-over, don't we? A fresh start. And the new year provides sort of a way to begin fresh and new. But we don't have to wait for a new a year to have a fresh start. We don't have to hope that this will be the year we carry through with one of those promises we make to ourselves. The Bible says God's mercies are new every day. With the new year at hand and all those promises we make to ourselves in the form of resolutions, words of the year, decisions, goal setting, good intentions, or however you look at it here's a verse that would be a good one to keep in mind as you embark on a new year, a new week or a new day.
The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him! Lamentations 3:22-24
With that said, I am jumping on the trend of choosing a word for my year. I have in the past created a list of things I’d like to do better in the new year. That list has almost always had some form of workout-eat right-lose-weight empty promise I make to myself along with various other things I’d like to do better at. Like reading my Bible more consistently or doing better at relationships etc. etc. I have treated January 1st as if there’s some sort of magic in the number one or in the first month of the year. The “magic” is in the putting feet to the decision. The “magic” is in God. We can only do all things through Him. No matter what it is we’re discussing. So, this year I’m cutting myself some slack and not writing this long list of things that won’t make it past the first week of January, in fact, they probably won’t make it past the first day, for crying out loud.
For me, the word I’ve landed on for my new year and quite frankly should be my word for every year is ABIDE. It’s a verb. It requires action. But some of the action is not necessarily what we think of when speaking of action. Let’s break down what it means to abide, shall we?
How to Abide in Christ and What it Means
1. Abiding means to remain; continue; stay. How to do it:
Abide in me, and I in you. 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
2. Abiding means to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship, etc.; last. How to do it:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5
3. Abiding means to sustain. How to do it:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16
4. Abiding means to wait for; await. How to do it:
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Psalm 37:7
5. Abiding means to accept without opposition or question. How to do it:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
6. Abiding means to act in accord with. (agreement, harmony, conformity) How to do it:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 2:12
7. Abiding means to submit to; agree to. How to do it:
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15
8. Abiding means to remain steadfast or faithful to; keep. How to do it:
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Join with me in being intentional about our relationship with Jesus. Let’s abide in Christ together. I’ll be posting verses daily with #abide on Instagram and Facebook. You can also download the free art you see above so you can hang it, frame it, color it or use it as a wallpaper on your devices to help encourage and remind you that today we will abide in Christ. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow or the rest of the year, just today. Let’s encourage one another and be accountable to one another so that we may grow in our faith!