“He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit…” (John 15:5) “Abide”, the word is used ten times by Jesus in John 15. It’s used 118 times throughout the New Testament. “Abide” is a verb; an action word like “run, eat, jump or throw”. But it involves far more than a simple action.
“Abide” is a condition of the soul.
The Greek word for “Abide”, Meno means, “To dwell safely; rooted, secure; to be at home; entirely at ease; steadfast in loyalty.” Right now, my family and I are living in a hotel, having been evacuated from our home due to the wildfires here in Southern California. It’s a nice hotel! It’s clean. They make my bed, provide a pool and snacks throughout the day. They even make my coffee in the morning!
But still, I “live” in the hotel, but only in my home, do I “abide”.
We all can understand the word. Perhaps like you, I interact with dozens of people most everyday. But I abide only with my wife. Over the years, I’ve read hundreds of book to glean useful ideas, knowledge or entertainment. But I abide in only one book- God’s Word, the Bible.
For all those who abide in Christ, the soul is conditioned with the knowledge of God to endure the present sufferings of this world. When Jesus abides in you, today is full of hope and new possibilities. The future is full of promise because of the reassurance of the Holy Spirit abiding in you.
A few days ago my home overlooked a beautiful wilderness area. But not today. Due to the fires, it now resembles Mordor from “Lord of the Rings”. But still, I abide in my home. The world can’t altar the condition of soul. Why? Jesus abides there, and I abide in Him, and the hope of rain returning, green grass growing and the restoration of all things keeps my soul at peace in spite of the fiery trials of today. Do you abide in Christ? The riches of life are found in His presence.
“Abide”. What a great word!