“Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” vs. 4
The good news of the Gospel is plain. Christ abides in us–no exceptions, no one is left out. His DNA has been stamped in us from the very beginning. So that’s one thing we don’t need to worry about–there’s plenty of room in Christ for all of us, now and forever. But there is just one more thing! We are also called to abide in Christ–and here’s where it gets a little dicy. Because this is the part of our lives that is directly related to our words and actions, and here’s where we often fall short. We have such a strong attachment to the world and all its glories and riches, and that’s where we’d much rather put down our roots. The idea of abiding in Christ and of being his hands and feet is just not very interesting. The problem is that unless we abide in Christ the world is going to be a pretty barren place. Jesus even says we’ll be unable to produce fruit unless we are first of all connected to him. The love, joy, and peace that spark delight don’t come from us–we bear those fruits because we’re attached to Jesus. They flow from him through us! So our Christ attachment is crucial–not only to us, but to the world.
Thought for the Day: How do I maintain my Christ attachment?