I’ll never forget the day I was determined to remain in Christ all day long. I started with prayer and bible reading. Then, I put on some praise music to keep my thoughts on Him. It was wonderful. I found myself praying for others and for small things too. For example, I couldn’t find my cleaning gloves so I asked God to help me.
(Note: you know you’re being controlled by the Spirit when you find yourself in the mood to clean!)
Anyhoo, I asked and suddenly remembered where I had put them last! Things couldn’t have gone better. In fact, it was the best fifteen minutes of my life!
It’s true. That’s as long as it lasted. I didn’t even realize that I stopped “thinking” about God until that night as I crawled into bed and began my nighttime prayers.
At first I was heartbroken. I thought, “I’ll never learn to abide.” Truth is we can’t think about God consciously 24-7 and we’re not intended to. Abiding is more of an unconscious act—where we’re not continually thinking about God but He’s the first one we think of in times of joy, surprise, or sorrow.
Whether the surprise in life is a cup of God’s grace or a bitter cup of adversity, the person who abides experiences the abundant life of God living in them. This rich, full life draws on God’s provision—strength for the storm; joy in the midst of heartache, and love for our enemy. As Children of God, this is the kind of life we are meant to have.
President Franklin Roosevelt on December 6, 1933, as the Great Depression had the nation in its grip. Roosevelt spoke that day on the need for American families to be economically secure. He called his address: “The Right to a More Abundant Life.”
Jesus Christ once gave a speech on the same subject, saying in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
The abundant life that comes from abiding in Christ is not really a right to claim, but a blessing to receive. The Bible teaches that God gives us abundant mercy (Numbers 14:18), abundant provision (2 Chronicles 11:23), abundant kindness (Nehemiah 9:17), abundant pardon (Isaiah 55:7), and abundant peace (Psalm 37:11).
To feel secure in our relationship with Christ, we must not neglect the life he came to give us. Let’s plug into our source today by practicing His presence.
May God’s abiding Presence overwhelm you today!