Throughout March, I studied the word abide.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)
Toward the end of the month, I heard the word abide in another context: Abide the shelter-in-place order.
We abide in Jesus’ presence and provision. We abide by guidelines. In either situation, we intentionally know and commit. Perhaps you say, “Nope, not me.” You don’t want to abide by the rules. You don’t want to abide in Jesus. For those who do, we experience a connection between the two. We find freedom within the confines. We see something broader than we can imagine. We reap benefits we didn’t consider. We find joy.
Abiding doesn’t happen haphazardly. It’s intentional. In whom do you trust? Where do you reside? What is consistent within your life? Where you abide, you grow and produce fruit, so the “where” matters.
Be intentional today.