Friday: Abide with Me

In life, in death, o Lord, abide with me
Abide with me, abide with me

He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. (Jn. 6:56)

When one believes on and is nourished by the Lord, taking in Jesus’ sufferings and death, He resides in them, and they in Him. To believe in Jesus is to have hope, fully confident that what He says is true. How does a Christian know that he believes God’s Word to be true? When he yields his will to God’s will. It doesn’t happen all at once. It takes time. . . a lifetime. The child of God must not only yield to the truth of God’s Word in his mind but also express it by his actions; a sort of proof—or process—of integrating the truth into his very being as he convinces his heart what his mind already knows. One’s actions are dictated by his beliefs and beliefs are influenced by the environment. An environment that encourages the believer to follow Jesus is crucial if he is to abide with Him. This is achieved by the friends he chooses, the places he goes, what he sees, and what he does.

As we go through our days, encountering the mountains and valleys of life, we gradually learn to rely more on Jesus and less on ourselves. Will we have trials? Absolutely! Will we be unsure and misled? More often than we would like. We have spent years living for ourselves, according to the lusts and passions of our heart. It will take the rest of our life to unite our spirit with God’s Spirit. Yet, when the Divine is awakened within our soul, the Holy Spirit gently guides and directs us. When our will obeys God’s will and His activity becomes our activity, then our life, like Jesus, becomes broken bread and poured out wine for those around us.

Are your thoughts focused on Jesus? Are you willing to accept what He has prepared for you today? Are you willing to submit your will to His—if even only one time today? When you do, you will influence others; your life will become a testimony to Him. He is abiding in you, and you in Him. People are not persuaded so much by those who talk as by those who live their lives in unity with Jesus. When you are nourished by fellowship with Him, when you submit to His will, He will use you without your even thinking about it. In life, in death, o Lord, abide with me, abide with me, abide with me.

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