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Abide In Messiah: Introduction
28 October 2014
Lately I’ve been thinking about what it means to “abide in Yeshua” — see John 15:1-8.

In the introduction to his classic book Abide in Christ, author Andrew Murray wrote:
During the life of Jesus on earth, the word He chiefly used when speaking of the relations of the disciples to Himself was: “Follow me.” When about to leave for heaven, He gave them a new word, in which their more intimate and spiritual union with Himself in glory should be expressed. That chosen word was: “Abide in me.”

It is to be feared that there are many earnest followers of Jesus from whom the meaning of this word, with the blessed experience it promises, is very much hidden. While trusting in their Saviour for pardon and for help, and seeking to some extent to obey Him, they have hardly realized to what closeness of union, to what intimacy of fellowship, to what wondrous oneness of life and interest, He invited them when He said, “Abide in me.” This is not only an unspeakable loss to themselves, but the Church and the world suffer in what they lose.
I’ve been thinking that even though Bible reading and prayer can help us abide in Yeshua, they are not the same as abiding in Him. I think there are many Christians who do read the Bible daily and pray daily, yet are still not abiding in Him, even as Andrew Murray wrote.

Conversely, I think it would be possible to not read the Bible and pray daily, and yet still abide in Yeshua. But that also could depend on how you define prayer. While there is prayer that is about things and circumstances and issues, there is another type of prayer that is more intimate and focused on relationship with Yeshua.

Just now I opened the latest letter from Arni Klein in Israel. He talked about how extremely busy they have been for the past couple of months, involved with many important spiritual activities in Israel as well as other places in the world. Then he continues:
In the face of all this, it is still possible for us to not grow weary. The Lord is showing us that we must cultivate our secret garden and not run hither and yon to every good and wonderful and necessary thing. We must look to Him for our daily marching orders and be content to simply do His will. If we step out into our own plan, we bear the consequences of weariness, or worse.

In the past, walking like this was an exercise and a learning experience. Now it is more and more becoming a matter of life and death. May we all simplify our lives and leave behind all that holds us back from running the race to win the prize.
In the midst of busyness and responsibilities, we must focus on, above all, making every effort to abide in Him and cultivate our secret garden with Him (Song of Solomon). This is something beyond “daily devotions.” This abiding is the key to bearing much fruit (John 15:5) and bringing glory to the Father (John 15:8).

Further on in his introduction, Andrew Murray wrote:
In conclusion, I ask to be permitted to give one word of advice to my reader. It is this. It needs time to grow into Jesus the Vine: do not expect to abide in Him unless you will give Him that time. It is not enough to read God’s Word, or the meditations as here offered in this book, and when we think we have hold of the thoughts, and have asked God for His blessing, to go out in the hope that the blessing will abide. No, it needs day by day time with Jesus and with God.

We all know the need of time for our meals each day — every workman claims his hour for dinner; the hurried eating of so much food is not enough. If we are to live through Jesus, we must feed on Him (John 6:57); we must thoroughly take in and assimilate that heavenly food the Father has given us in His life.

Therefore, you who would learn to abide in Jesus, take time each day, before you read, and while you read, and after you read, to put yourself into living contact with the living Jesus, to yield yourself distinctly and consciously to His blessed influence; so will you give Him the opportunity of taking hold of you, of drawing you up and keeping you safe in His almighty life.
For another look at John chapter 15 and Yeshua as the True Vine, see my previous article The Olive Tree and the True Vine. You can read more excerpts from this book in the next articles in this series:
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