Abide. Invite. Silence. And Togetherness.

What does it mean to ‘abide’?

I ask this question because Jesus tells His followers to do just that.  Abide.  Look at John 15:4-5.

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so 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, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Abide.

Before Christmas, my family went to visit my 88-year old Grandma in an assisted living facility.  We sat around playing games, and eating, and talking.  We didn’t ‘do’ much.  But for my Grandma, it was priceless.

Abide.

Also around Christmas, my friend Dillon was home for a break and he went with me to Bellefontaine.  I was speaking to the Hi-Point FCA group and also meeting up with the Shine-FM Radio general manager.  We talked a lot but there also moments of silence during our half-day journey.   And you know what?  The silence was just fine.  I think that is part of abiding.

I’m convinced that God just wants us to invite Him into our day so we can abide in Him and He can abide with us.  It’s not always a conversation.  It’s just being together.  Hanging out.  Knowing in my mind that He (through His Holy Spirit) is with me.

You know what I find?  I find myself more peaceful when I am abiding with Him as I drive from one game to another.  I find that I am more joyful and less irritable when I invite Him into my office as I edit under deadline. Abiding is often the answer to fighting temptations and diffusing a storm before it comes.

Abide.

If you want to be more productive, stop.  Abide.  Let Him give you the nourishment to bear much fruit.  Otherwise, we end up as dry and dead sticks that go up in flames, with nothing to show for it.