God With Us—Abiding in Him
In my last post I wrote about Immanuel—literally “God with us.” God sent His son to live among us to bring us a new life here on this earth as well as eternal life with Him, in Heaven.
God not only sent His son to us. He goes one step further. God gives us the opportunity to abide in Him. He’s not some distant deity looking at us with finger-pointing condemnation. He’s with us. He knows our pain and He makes himself so freely available to us, that we can abide in Him.
John 15:4–5 says, ” “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
Jesus says, “If you will abide in Me, I will abide in you. I will come and take residence in you.” The eternal Son of God saying He will take residence within our own spirit. It’s unbelievable, yet it fits perfectly with Jesus name (Immanuel) and the ultimate focus of every Christmas season—God with us.
So, we have God with us. How do we now abide in Him?
- Surrendering to Him. It’s that moment in our life where we give up. We say, “Lord, my will, my way, my thoughts, my desires and my plans for me are done. I’m surrendering to You.”
- Focusing our adoration on Him. It’s an attitude and choice that we make to live in a very conscious awareness of praising God and giving Him glory. It’s a choice to keep Him always before us, praying without ceasing and it needs to become very focal point of our lives.
- Submitting to Him. It’s not simply a one-time surrender and then we go on our own way. It’s surrendering to stay within His guiding and His blessing. It’s choosing to accept that God has the best plan for our lives and sticking to it. It’s listening for His voice and obeying what He tells us to do. It’s reading and hearing His voice through His very Words in the Bible.
Abiding in Jesus is a daily decision. It involves surrendering, focusing and submitting to Him every morning when we wake up and every night before we fall asleep. It’s choosing to recognize that God is with us and He will abide in us.
This season is so special. Lights, presents, services, children’s plays and plenty of food. I’d encourage you to stop and recognize that God is with us. Stop and thank Him because He will never leave you or forsake you. Stop and thank Him that He came and He’s so willing to be everything to us, to the point of death on a cross. Stop and surrender to Him so that you can abide in Him and He can abide in you.