Growing up in my teenage years, I loved basketball. The desire to be the best player consumed me. During this time, Michael Jordan, the best player in basketball history was in the NBA. Many videos displayed his amazing skills and talents.
Maybe you remember the commercial that Gatorade had at the time with the slogan “I wanna be like Mike”? That was me! I wanted to give it my all! I wanted to dunk, pass, shoot, and win like Mike. I would use his videos to motivate me during the Summer. I had this mentality that if I wanted to be the best, then I needed to watch the best. Basketball completely consumed my life.
I tell you all of this because it struck me this week that if we are “fully devoted followers of Christ” shouldn’t we be consumed with Christ, His Word, seeking His will, and giving the Spirit complete control of our lives.
Christ shows us this importance of being consumed in Him when He says:
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and in my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this, my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have, I loved you. Abide in my love”, (John 15:4-9 ESV).
In these verses there are at least four reasons why we should “abide” in Christ:
1. We need Christ to live the life that He has called us to live. verse 4.
2. We are useless in our service to Him if we do not remain in Him. verse 6.
3. Our desires will match Christ’s desires, and we will see those desires carried out when we stay in Him and His Word. verse 7-8.
4. Christ tells us to remain in His love. verse 9
The above shows why we should want to abide in Christ and here is one way we can do this (the how) and that is by saturating ourselves in His Word, the Bible. The One to One Discipleship Manual that we use at church says that we can grow in God’s Word by doing these five things.
1. “Hear it,” Romans 10:17.
2. “Read it.” Revelations 1:3.
3. “Study it.” Acts 17:11.
4. “Memorize it.” Psalm 119: 9-11.
5. “Meditate on it.” Psalm 1:1-3
Are you abiding in Christ?