Jesus tells us that He is the true vine, and His Father is the vinedresser. (John 15:1) He also says that we are the branches. (John 15:5)
Are you abiding in Jesus?
According to Dictionary.com, the word 'abide' is defined as 'to remain, continue, stay'. If we are abiding in Jesus, we are remaining with Him. We continue with Him. We stay with Him. It also means 'to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship; last'. Therefore, we continue in our individual and personal relationships with Him.
How do we do it?
We stay in God's word. We continue seeking Him. We keep spending time with Him.
There are benefits for remaining in constant communication with Him. For one, we bear much fruit which means we are productive within the Kingdom of God. (John 15:5) "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." (John 15:7-8, NKJV)
There are also consequences for not staying in relationship with Jesus. "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away..." (John 15:2a) We cannot and will not do anything really worthwhile without Him. (John 15:5) "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." (John 15:6, NKJV)
When we abide in Jesus, we also abide in His love. (John 15:9) The only way we can truly abide in His love is by keeping His commandments. And, the only way we can really keep His commandments is by abiding in Him and staying in His word. (John 15:10)
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