“This Christ is a living Person. He loves you with a personal love, and He looks every day for the personal response of your love.” Andrew Murray, The Deeper Christian Life.
Do you think of Jesus Christ as a living Person? We serve a living God! He is our personal Savior and came not only to save us from eternal hell, but also to restore us the image of God as seen in Jesus Christ. As He keeps close to us, we can continue to grow to be like Christ.
In order to grow to be like Christ, we need to have a strong personal relationship with Him. John 15:1-5
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
These are the words of Jesus! He says, we must stay attached, otherwise we will bear no fruit. When we do, our Father can work with us to make us even better; in order to bear more fruit.
To abide means to remain, to continue, or to stay. Our relationship with Him is important. Jesus says we must stay attached to the vine in order to be effective for Him.
Take the time to speak each day with our Holy, living God! Keep that relationship fresh. Grow to be like Him!
Pray: “Holy Lord, give us the desire, the hunger and thirst, to spend time with you, our living God. Every day.”