Thursday, May 16, 2013


"'Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in Me'" (John 15:9, NASB). 

My roommate bought herbs the other day for our kitchen. She's doing a good job of taking care of them, isn't she? I was excited - I think fresh herbs can turn a good meal into a delicious one. When they are connected to the roots, their water source, they grow and flourish. 

In the 15th chapter of John, Jesus asks us to "abide" in Him. What does that mean? In the Greek language, the word for "abide" is "ménō." It's a word of action. It means to remain in, and it references a time, place or state. You can read more about it here. This is how I understand it:
  • time - a continual sojourn - remaining on this journey with the Holy Spirit inside us
  • place - where we walk - following where God leads 
  • state - our identity in Christ as believers - forgiven sinners saved by His grace and devoted to Him
We can be like fresh herbs - as we stay connected to our water source. We can stay connected by keeping our relationship with Him - by learning more about Him and where He's leading in His Word, by listening to and communicating with Him through prayer, by living a life of worship to Him.  
Kelli Martin

So, let's abide with Him, as He abides in us by the Holy Spirit. 

Let us pray we see times to give credit to where our living water - our source of life - is from.

Some other verses about abide: 
John 15:1-10,  James 1:25, 1 Corinthians 13:13, 1 John 3:24

A couple of songs:
  • "Captivate Us" by Watermark - hear a cover of this song on YouTube here
  • "We are Changed" by Sojourn Music - see the chords and lyrics here