Many people are saved and on their way to heaven, but are having a miserable life in the meantime. Are you among them? It ought not to be so. Jesus came that we may “have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
So what’s the problem? Here is the Bible answer:
“Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5 NKJV)
Believers are not “abiding” in Jesus–that’s the problem! Now, when we talk about abiding in Jesus, we are not talking about what you need to do to get saved or to stay saved. If you are trusting Jesus to save you from sin, you are born-again. Christ lives in you. You have eternal life.
So, abiding is not about getting saved. It’s about saved people becoming fruitful and fulfilled. It’s what is required for the life of Christ already inside of believers to be revealed outwardly; to manifest itself through them to meet their needs and the needs of others connected to them.
And how do we abide in Jesus? The key to abiding in Jesus is what you choose to do with your mind and with the Word.
Listen to what John and Paul have to say about the subject:
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7 NKJV)
“Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.” (I John 2:24 NKJV)
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:1-3 NKJV)
You are abiding in Jesus, and will become fruitful, if you are fixing your mind on Him and allowing His Word to govern your thoughts and behavior. You are abiding in Him if your mind is embracing New Covenant truths, His Gospel of Grace, refusing to let go of it and letting it transform the way you respond to life’s challenges and opportunities.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2 NKJV)
You see, just like water in a reservoir has to flow through pipes to get to your house, so all the good things you have in Christ spiritually have to flow through the channel of your mind to get to your body, and change your natural life, your emotions, behaviors, and your experiences. But for your mind to become a channel your spirit can work with and through, you have to align your mind with your spirit. This means it has to undergo a renewal process.
Child of God, this is why, once you receive Christ and your spirit begins to partake of all good things in Him, the most important thing you can do is to begin the process of renewing your mind with His Word. By so doing, you will abide in Him. By so doing, Christ will reveal Himself in you and through you. And in this way, you will become a fruitful and fulfilled believer.
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32 NKJV)
If you have not already started to renew your mind, I urge you to begin now. What you do with the Word will determine what the Word will do for you!