A Lesson in Abiding!
I was working on a Sunday School lesson a few
weeks ago with John
chapter fifteen, verses one through eleven, as the
“Abide in Me…”, Christ says. “Abide in My
Love…Abide in My Word…Abide
in My Joy…” That is the wording in the NASB;
while the NIV says
“Remain in Me…” but I like the picture of Abiding.
But how do you convey abiding? I wanted to teach
this but I wasn’t
certain I knew what it meant so how do I teach it?
I carried this question with me on my delivery
route on Friday and on
one of my first stops I encountered a woman with a
beautiful cross. I
complimented her on the jewelry and asked if she
believed what it
stood for. She assured me she did and we talked
about her daily
devotional and my lesson on abiding; and as I went
on my way I said to
myself “That woman is abiding in Christ!”.
An hour later at another stop I was asked how I
was doing by a woman I
knew to be a Christian. She instantly knew I
wasn’t sure and we
talked about scripture and she blessed me with
assurance and again I left thinking to myself,
“This woman is abiding
My last stop of the day and I was tired and wrung
out and again I
encountered a woman who spoke about Jesus. She
shared her testimony.
She asked me for my testimony and wept as I told
it and she praised
God for the miraculous work He has done in our
lives. Overwhelmed she
took my hand and in the middle of this restaurant
she prayed openly
with worship and praise for an awesome God…She was
DEEPLY abiding in
When I got to my van I was weeping and praising
God for He had shown
me what it meant to abide in Christ Jesus. What I
couldn’t learn from
His word He showed me in His people…in the work of
the Spirit…in the
hearts that seek Him.
John 15:1-2 tells us Christ is the vine and we are
the branches and
the Father prunes those who bear fruit so they
will bear MORE fruit.
Abiding in His Word (verse 7), abiding in His love
(verse 9,10), and
abiding in His joy (verse 11). Three women and
one complete lesson in