23 May 2014

i am learning to abide again

Abide. v. 4a. To remain in expectation; to wait, lie in wait. Now rare and arch. Oxford English Dictionary

I've been relearning just how difficult it is for me to rest and how wrapped up in work-based salvation.

Ask me and I'll tell you straight up that my salvation comes from the Lord alone... that I have done nothing. Catch me with nothing to do and you see a very different story. But the Lord is teaching me to abide.

A verb, it involves keeping oneself suspended between two places, balancing... active but still.

John 15:3-11

"Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 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. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 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. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."


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