First, let me get this out of the way. This should have been posted on the 15th. Yes, I know, I’m a few days late – but better late than never, right?
So, have you ever heard Priscilla Shirer speak? That girl can bring it! And since I’ve spent the past week or so mulling over her teaching from the 2019 Going Beyond Simulcast we had the opportunity to host at our church, I thought I’d pick a verse from her focus passage, John 15, for my memory verse this month.
Abide in Me, and I in you. John 15:4
As I looked at John 15, and thought about Priscilla’s teaching, three things stood out to me.
1. An Unfailing Promise
One thing Priscilla pointed out was, as we are instructed to abide in Jesus, He promises to abide in us (John 15:4). His Holy Spirit remains with us, comforts us, helps us, counsels us. He promises to never leave us. And unlike man’s promises, God’s promises never fail (Luke 1:37). It is not all up to us. In our own strength we will fail. But God gives us His strength – in His strength we abide.
2. An Instruction to Obey
Twice in this chapter obedience to His commandments is referenced. We abide in Him as we are obedient to His commands, out of love for Him.
When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. – John 15:10
You are my friends if you do what I command. – John 15:14
3. A Call to Love
Another idea is repeated in this chapter – one specific command – love each other. As we obey His commandments out of love for Him, He calls us to share His love as we love each other!
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. –John 15:12
This is my command: Love each other. –John 15:17
What can you do this week to intentionally abide in Him?
What is He asking you to do out of love for Him?
How can you show and share His love to those around you this week?
Until next week,
1 John 4:7. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”