Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5, NLT)
Abide. This was the theme of the recent D6 Conference. Abide in Christ. What a great topic. Over the course of the event, I made not of a few specific nuggets from the various speakers. I want to spend the next few weeks interacting with these thoughts.
Pete Wilson made this remark:
Our primary ministry responsibility is to abide—remain. Why do we focus on so much else? If you abide, fruit will come.
I realize this is true. That is what Jesus said in John 15. I don’t think anyone would argue with that.
I think the big question is: What does it mean to abide? What does that look like?
Abide or remain sounds passive. Abide. Remain. Stay. Don’t move. Don’t leave. Is it really passive? While it sounds like it, my gut (and the preponderance of scripture) says that as a believer, I have responsibilities. Don’t I?
This is a passage I don’t really like to think much about because I don’t know what to do with it. How do I simply remain?
Please share your thought below. I will be returning to this theme as I work through some of my thoughts from the conference. Thanks.