Scripture: John 15:1-17
Focus Verses: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” John 15:7-8 (NIV)
The following lines comprise what the disciples might have thought as Jesus shares with them.
“Abide with him?”
“What does he mean?”
“We have followed him all these months and assisted in his teaching. Yet he says he can now call us friends.
“I don’t understand where he is going with this.”
These thoughts show the confusion the disciples felt when they heard Jesus talk about his soon-coming death.
We who live in the 21st Century collectively have doubts about what goes on around us—either temporally or spiritually.
Jesus tries to prepare his disciples for what lay ahead of them. He also shares moments with us, his children, today as a way of making us ready for what will enter our lives, as a way of giving us strength.
Does our abiding with Jesus cause circumstances we would rather not have? I believe it does. However, our abiding (remaining) with Jesus gives us strength to withstand many difficulties that come our way.
Dear Father God:
We give thanks to You for allowing us to experience Your grace and mercy. We appreciate Your going before us and being beside us whenever we face difficult and trying circumstances. In Jesus’s name, we pray. Amen