Abide in Him
Like a flower, pale in the noonday sun, I see myself blooming under His care, in the light of the Word of God. He nurtures me, patiently, kindly, with caution in handling. Nothing He gives me is too much, and I am His.
“You’ve got to trust me,” he says, and I do, with a trust that is unyielding, steady and focused, because He strengthens me.
Every planting needs water, that’s part of the care they rely on. In Him, I am watered with the Word of God. Like water to a plant, the Word of God must be applied to our hearts daily. It helps us grow.
Through His Word I learn His great commandment, that we should love Him with all our hearts, souls and minds. (Matthew 22:37) We should love him with every breath of our being, every moment of our time, and every beat of our hearts. Loving him should be as natural as living itself… because it is His love for us that is the cause of our creation.
Because we love Him, it is natural for us to want to try to please Him, so we are obedient to the suggestions of the Word as well as we are able. We pray daily, study the Word, and honor Him by focusing our minds on what He taught.
When we became Christians He placed His Spirit into our hearts. He abides in us and we abide in Him. We think about Him throughout the day, pray frequently, and never forget that we are His. He bought us with His blood, and our loyalty is freely given.
Before I became a Christian I didn’t know what it meant to abide in Him. I read the Bible but much was inaccessible to my understanding because I hadn’t agreed to give my heart and life to Him.
After I was saved, I began to understand, little by little. My life was purchased by His blood, His sacrifice on the cross. I freely made the decision to thank Him, to express my gratitude, by giving my life to Him. By His grace I was led to do that. I pray to live this life in alignment with His Will. I don’t know what He wants me to do but I’m willing to try to do whatever He wants.
Writing this page was difficult for me, but I prayed over it, and asked for help. Somehow I’ve stumbled through to the end and am picking up the pieces of my confidence, grateful because I know whenever I need help, He is there. He is always with me. He must be an incredibly multifaceted Being to be able to accommodate the needs of millions of His people at the same time. In acknowledging His greatness, I am humbled and blessed at the same time.
When we abide in Him, there’s no room for pride. There’s only room for love, and as we love Him with all our hearts, souls, and minds… we extend that outward to others, obeying His second commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” It is the natural thing to do. The Holy Spirit works within us, changing us, molding us, reforming us, healing us, until we’re able to be an example of Jesus’ presence in the world.
He has conquered death and He lives in us.