Just dropping in to share something from John Piper’s book “What Jesus Demands From The World” that stirred my heart this week. In chapter seven, he discusses Jesus’ demand that we abide in Him. He says,
“A transaction with Jesus in the past that has no ongoing expression in our lives was a false transaction. When Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples” (John 8:31), he meant that if we don’t abide, we are not truly his disciples. And the opposite of true disciples is false disciples. That’s what we are if we count on past experiences without ongoing devotion to Jesus.”
The truth of this statement was a little more painful for my heart than I’d like to admit! How often do I forget that the call to abide is a call to make Jesus a daily part of my life – to stay, to continue, to dwell with Him and in Him. My prayer is that I remember to actually do this thing! It’s so easy in the busyness of life to just say a prayer at meal time or when something goes wrong, to maybe read a passage of Scripture or a devotional one or two mornings of the week yet not truly abide. I don’t wanna just do the thing, say the prayer, connect my heart for a moment, and then walk away. I want to dwell. In Him and with Him. Every day. Every moment.
Lord, teach my to abide.
*If you’re wondering what the 3.0 in the title of this blog stands for, here’s the explanation! I’ve decided that each blog I post in relation to the 11:3 Project will have that as the title, followed by a number signifying the week we’re in. If there are multiple posts within a certain week, they will be labeled 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, etc.