Abide in Jesus.
1 John 2:28-29
And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
How do we abide or continue in Jesus Christ?
The Apostle John instructs us how we abide in Christ in 1 John 3:24. We abide, remain, continue, or live in Jesus if we obey His commands. Abide, remain, continue and live all translate the same Greek word.
When Jesus taught His disciples to obey everything He commanded, He was teaching them and us how to teach disciples to abide in Him. If we obey His commands, then we will have confidence and not shrink in shame when He comes again for us.
Jesus first equips us to obey before He commands us to do anything. When a person repents of his sin and believes the gospel, he receives the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). The promised Holy Spirit motivates us and gives us the power to obey the word of God (Ezekiel 36:27). The power we receive is the power that raised Jesus from the dead (Ephesians 1:19-20) and is the power that is able to do far beyond what we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). We access that power by faith in the Son of God (Galatians 2:20). Only people who are born again (who have repented of their sins and believed the gospel) can practice righteousness as a lifestyle. Living obedient to the commands of Christ is living righteously (Romans 6:16).
Are you abiding in Christ?
Another way to ask the question is, "Are you obeying the commands of Christ?" Jesus gave some direction to His disciples right before He ascended, "Go make disciples baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you..." Check out this sweet resource for you called "The Commands of Christ." It has many of the commands of Jesus listed for you. Ultimately obeying the commands of Jesus lead to loving God and loving people. Instead of shouts of anger soon you will have shouts of joy and laughter in your home. At least this is what I am working toward more and more each day. We all want more of that right?
Are you teaching your family and those in your sphere of influence to abide in the Lord Jesus Christ?
This is not optional any more than providing food and other material needs on a daily basis is optional. If you are not, make abiding and teaching your family to abide a priority. Start by talking about Jesus together and reading the Bible, maybe go through one command a night or a week together out of "The Commands of Christ" ebook. It can be super simple over breakfast, in the car, at dinner, or even bedtime. Children love it. It does take being intentional, but soon it will be just like riding a bike.
May you abide in Jesus today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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