This devotional was originally posted as part of the “Weekly Worship” which takes place at the G+ Reformed Fellowship Church, an online “church” on Google Plus.
It is often said that “Christ gives us life”. To a degree that is true, yet it is not the full truth. The fact is that Christ isn’t just a giver of Life, but He is that Life. Jesus said: “I am the Resurrection and the Life.” – John 11:25. When He gives us life it is because He gives us Himself. It is His Spirit within us that is the very reason we are alive.
“Whoever has the Son has Life, whoever has not the Son has not Life.” – 1 John 5:12. It is only by having Jesus that we can enjoy life – real, true Life – at all. If we do not have the Life of Jesus dwelling within us, then we remain dead in trespasses and sins and cannot enjoy that abundant life which Jesus has promised to His people.
We must also be constantly in Christ. It is an amazing privilege and joy to have that most intimate relationship possible: to be in Christ and have Him in us. We are at one and the same time in Him and He in us. Jesus says that this is the only way we can bear any good fruit – by abiding in Him and He in us.
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” – John 15:4
It is by abiding in Christ, having that most intimate of relationships, that we bear fruit, because it is only by abiding in Him that we have His Life. The fruit we then bear is the fruit of the Spirit, for the Spirit is Life and the fruit is the fruit that comes from Life and brings Life to the full.
The word abide literally means “to have one’s abode; to dwell; to reside.” It is to make our home in, to have as our permanent residence. Our home is not this world – no, our home is in Christ. He is our place and our portion.
If we neglect our relationship with Christ and neglect to draw sustenance from Him we will start to wither. If we abide in Him we will flourish and bear much fruit. We cannot have Life and we cannot bear fruit unless we are in a deep fellowship and intimacy with Christ.