John 15:1-11 says, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He [a]prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already [b]clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit [c]of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5 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. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so [d]prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
This passage is pretty popular and often preached on, but what does it really mean to “abide”? Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary has this for the definition:
: to accept or bear (someone or something bad, unpleasant, etc.)
: to stay or live somewhere
: to remain or continue
I like the 2nd line, to stay or live somewhere. That’s what I’m settling on in my spirit. God is telling me I need to stay in Him, I need to live in Him. I saw a picture of one of our friends that recently had a baby boy and the mom had the baby tucked into her shirt, right on top of her heart, now THAT’S abiding! I want to be tucked into God’s arms, right next to His heart. I want to abide in Him. Not so I can be fruitful, I truly don’t care if I’m fruitful except that I want to please my Father. No, I want to abide in my Father because I KNOW He loves me and will comfort me and protect me.
My 7 year old crawled into my bed this morning around 0400 hrs and laid down between my wife and I, but toward the foot of the bed. I reached down and pulled him up and tucked him under the covers and put my arms around him and snuggled him into my chest. He didn’t miss a beat; he snuggled up and was fast asleep. That’s abiding. God, I want to abide in You, I want to abide in Your Word. That is the place of protection, the place of unconditional love, the place of peace.