"I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING." John 15:5
In Jesus, I am everything. Without Him, I am nothing. So why would I ever dare to wander away from Him?
"As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love." John 15:9
I am so thankful that God pursues me with all of Himself. So I should strive to pursue Him with ALL of myself. Not just part of myself, but all of myself. I want to grasp the thought of always abiding in Jesus. I want to always stay in Him, because there fullness of joy is found. Fullness of peace, and love, and patience, and kindness, and every other good and perfect thing is found in Jesus Himself. I always want to be in that. I never want to wander away from that.
If I am not abiding in Jesus, then what AM I abiding in?
We want to have a heart to heart connection with Jesus. Jesus gives us purpose. He gives us destiny. God made us beautiful. He gives us peace. He loves us. He freely gives us a powerful calling and a purpose to love others like He Himself would. But most of all,
HE ABIDES IN US.
He gives us a journey that is just as important as our destination.
Yes, the destination is beautiful, but there is FAR MORE learning in the process than there is at the finish line. It's tough sometimes, but it is absolutely worth it because my Jesus is worth it. Because Jesus is worthy, YOU ARE WORTHY.
Why would you ever want to be apart from that? Sometimes we can drift away from that place and not even be aware of it. Life sometimes gets in the way and we blame it on Jesus and say He wasn't there or He wasn't good enough for us. He didn't meet our standards of never leaving our side. Well, if you think about it, it's not Jesus' fault.
When we walk away from Jesus and blame Him for not sweet-talking us back to Him, we dig ourselves into a pit.
There's no pit so deep that His love isn't deeper, but, you have to be willing to humble yourself and realize you just blamed Jesus for doing something wrong. It's impossible for Jesus to do something wrong. It's all about your perspective.
How you see Jesus dictates how you see what He's doing in your life.
If you see Jesus as the star of the show and He's in the spotlight in your life, you probably feel really good about yourself and your season. But if you're waiting for God to show up to the show and it turns out He's the janitor in the hall, you probably would be disappointed that Jesus wasn't where you wanted Him to be when you wanted Him to be there. It's all about your perspective. Jesus does everything with reason. When He doesn't speak, He has a reason. I'm gonna be honest, I don't know why that is, but I do know He always has a reason for everything He does. What He speaks when He speaks it has a purpose behind it. He never wastes His time speaking or interceding for us. It's all about how you see it.
Do you see God as good?
You don't have to answer that right now. Write it down, and think about it. There's no shame if you say no. It's okay to admit you don't think God is good. I can reassure you that God is a BIG GOD, and He is faithful to finish what He starts. Open up your Bible. If you don't understand what in the world God is doing, open up your Bible and start reading. Read about the miracles Jesus performed. Read about the words He spoke. Read it and soak it in like it could change your life- because it can if you let it.
When we don't understand, God picks us up and submerges us into the ocean of grace. His grace is so deep, wide, and vast we can never wrap our heads around it. He freely gives you grace because you need it. You will miss it. You won't see where God is all the time, but sometimes you will. So when you don't, don't worry about it. God is there to pick you up and love on you like no one else is physically able to.
"God's grace will pick the lock of your heart."- Steven Furtick
"Out of HIS fullness we have all received grace upon grace already given." John 1:16
God's grace will catch you like a net when you fail. There's nothing that you can do in your power to stop the grace of God from catching you.