“ABIDE IN HIM”
I’ve seen those words written on banners, benches and buses. But what does it mean? It seems simple enough to say, just stay put on God’s Word. If that were enough more people would see the perks in their life.
Loving someone means you care enough to pay attention to the details in their life.
When they hurt, you pray. When they have victories, you celebrate. You just want to know because you care. You want them in your life, not because you need them, but because you want them there.
Selfishness, or immature love on the other hand, is when you want some one in your life because you need them. Children have this quality to their love. Children need adults/parents, therefore they love us. This is not wrong, it’s just immature. At some point that changes and when that love matures, a magnetic, beautiful transformation occurs. Suddenly, they want to be with you, not because they need you anymore, but because they want you there, they care about you. With some children parents wait a lifetime for this transformation, others see it occur when their children have children of their own, or move out on their own. Suddenly, the children realize how much they have in common with their parents and everything changes.
So why am I talking about this transformation, in reference to abiding in Him? I’m so glad you asked.
You see God cares enough to pay attention to EVERY detail in His kid’s lives. He is there, protecting and blessing more than we will ever begin to understand or comprehend.
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
God is light, and in Him is NO darkness at all. He loves us with that pure, real deal light and mature love. When we were born-again of God’s Spirit or the anointed, He wrapped us up into His family and adopted us. Christianity is simply the way of a Father with His Children. Therefore, we abide in Him. The fact that we are forever His children now and will never lose the incorruptible seed of His Spirit makes us a family. By default, we “abide in Him.” Yep. Pretty big statement I know. Let me prove it to you.
“But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.” 1 John 2:27-28
Isn’t that a relief? I’d say it is. But God has more to say on this subject. Just like a child can be a biological member of a family because of his DNA and still live his life outside of his biological father’s will and break fellowship with him, a child of God has the same choice. Yes, we have spiritual DNA marking us forever as God’s children, but that does not mean we will walk, abide, or always fellowship with Him. What breaks fellowship with a biological father?
“Harmatia”. This is a Greek word. It means, “missing the mark”. Like an archer who aims at the bull’s eye on a target and misses by one inch, he/she “misses the mark”. In our walk and fellowship with God we can miss the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus as well. We sin. Another word to describe sin is, offend, trespass, error, to be mistaken, do wrong and act in contradiction to God’s Will. Harmatia, breaks our fellowship with our earthly relationships too. What mends that relationship? Owning up to the missing of the mark. We have to realize we broke that fellowship and take responsibility for it. It should surprise us that God has the same process, He created us, He created relationships and He is the master at understanding what He created. What does He say about this process?
“If we confess (own up to) our sins, (harmatia) He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
It is the identical process. When we walk in perfect fellowship with God, we walk in the Light, because God is Light. We abide in Him.
Yes, we have the spiritual DNA to abide, or be a member of God’s family, but there is also another way to abide.
It’s a freewill choice.
As you saw above in 1 John 2:27-28 the anointing we received of Him abides in us, and we in Him.
Let’s read the very next verse.
“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming.” 1 John 2:29
Abide in him, means we choose to stay in fellowship or maintain our fellowship with God through the anointing that we received by way of Christ Jesus.
Choosing to Abide in Him has its perks. Here are seven such perks! I’ll number them so you can see what I’m pointing out better.
- “Ye are of God, little children, and
- have overcome them: because
- greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
- They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
- We are of GOD: he that knoweth God heareth us;
- he that is not of God heareth not us.
- Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” 1 John4:4-6
Some of these perks include knowing what is NOT of God. Like number four, “they are of the world and the world heareth them”. If someone is the biggest music artist in the world? The “world” hears them. This is very good for you to know, because you are not of this world and neither is God. Do you see what I mean? It just helps us know who to listen to and who not to. Or another one is, “whereby we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” What is harmatia again? Oh, sin and error. We cannot “abide in Him” when we walk in sin or error. Error is erosive and sneaky. It can suck the power of the rightly divided Word from your fellowship with God. At one point during my walk with God, I asked Him to help me rid my life of error. There is error everywhere. Error is sin. Sin leads to fear, and fear has torment.
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect (mature) love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. he that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:17-19
Ha! I had to add that last verse because it ties in so beautifully with my first point. We love Him because we needed Him. He pulled us out of the soup with His love. We were immature but He, God, just kept right on loving us. Now, we love Him back because we were first loved. Mature love is the transformation from need to want. We want to please, want to love, want to be in fellowship with that person. Right? Look at this last verse. Ha! SOOO COOOLLL!
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments, for this is the love of God (agape), that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not grievous (hard to do).” 1 John 5:2-3
Abiding in Him is keeping His commandments. It’s asking the question, “God if you were me what would you do in this situation?” When we do that, we have all the perks that come with it.
God bless you today!