“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” John 15:9
Four times Jesus says remain in this passage of scripture. As a verb, remain is a word used to described an action. Jesus wants us to take action.
Remain is defined as, “To continue to exist, especially after other similar or related people or things have ceased to exist.” Synonyms include endure, last, abide, carry on, persist, stay, stay around, prevail, survive, live on.
Clearly the intended message Jesus’s is communicating is not to be taken lightly.
We are to take action.
Have you ever noticed how many loyal animal post are on Facebook? Do a search to find story after story such as these:
- A dog named Zanders who followed his master to the hospital some two miles from his home.
- Cleo the cat who tracked down her elderly owner after she was sent to live in a nursing home.
- A German Shepard that ran away from home to find his deceased master’s grave – and has stayed by its side for six years.
You can be sure the goal of each animal is to remain in the presence of their “person”. That person who has come to mean everything to them.
This is what Jesus’s asks of us. If he is to mean everything to us, we are to follow him and remain with him. Through the good, the bad, and at all times.
Jesus’s showed us how to respond to challenging chapters of life. He also showed us how to choose to respond. The disciples demonstrated how to turn their self-centered inadequacy over to God. This then allowed them be a blessing showing the glory of God to this around them.
We too can be a blessing showing God’s glory. Soak him in. Take the 15/15/15 challenge - 15 days; 15 minutes of talking to him; 15 minutes of reading God’s word.
Plan out a time each day. Get it done all at once or break it up over the day. Whatever it takes, whatever works for you!!
Jesus is asking.
Jesus has shown us.
Be a blessing.
Remain in him!