Abiding or Striving

Where does the weekend go? Time flies by when you are having fun! But it is a new day and new opportunities are all around us. Make sure to encourage someone along the way.

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” When we accept Christ as Savior, our old sin nature is crucified. But God doesn’t leave us in that crucified state. Jesus died for our sins and offers us new life that is abundant and fulfilling!

John 15:4-5 says, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” A person who abides in the Lord is not living himself, but for Jesus! It’s not my job to strive for anything. My part is to submit my life to Him and allow Him to live through me. The energy and strength that ran through the life of Christ became mine! That blows me away.

When we abide in Christ, God takes our thoughts and conforms them to His will and purpose. He shapes our gifts, purifies our mind, and prepares us for His service. We can rest because God is in control of all things! No more striving or working overtime to please God. Striving can you leave you empty and burned out. Sometimes the best thing to do is to go back to the basics of your faith. If you ever find yourself in a spiritual desert, take time to be alone with the Lord for His encouragement! Practice His presence.

Learning to abide instead of striving teaches us to place our trust in Someone who knows much more than we do about life and what is to come. Take time today to rest in His goodness! Let the Lord love on you today and to fill you with His love.

Abide not Strive!