Remaining in Jesus is something we hear about all the time, but as Christians, do we really know what this means? If not, how do we find out how to remain in Jesus, and then carry it out?
Well, let’s start by recalling what John 1:1 says:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Now, let’s look at verse 14: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us…
Now that we see that Jesus is the Word, then it is easy to see, that remaining in Him, is equivalent to remaining in the Word. Keeping the Word of God is really quite simple if we realize what that means. In John 14:10, Jesus tells us that the wrods that He speaks are not His own, but the Father’s, therefore the works are also the Father’s. Then in verse 15, He tells us:
“If you love me, keep my commands” NLT .
In the following chapter, He gets a little more specific and states in verse 12:
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
And finally, He says in verse 16:
“You did not choose me, I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit.”
In essence, keeping God’s command-His word- is equivalent to showing our neighbor the love of God. How else can people know that God loves them if we don’t go show it to them? So yes, we do need to keep our eyes and ears filled with the Word of God day after day. He tells us this is His success formula in Joshua 1:8 NKJV:
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and you will have good success.
However, keeping His word doesn’t only consist of reading the Bible and praying on a regular basis. Keeping His word consists of that, AND showing our neighbor love, through the act of giving of ourselves to them. Only giving to others will we be able to bear fruit, which as we saw earlier, is evidence of remaining in Him and loving Him. BUt, we won’t know this unless we keep His word in our eyes and our ears.
Now it is worth noting that this is not a choice that we as Christians have. It is His command to us. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a command is an authoritative order. Jesus is our authority and HE has commanded us to love each other and to bear fruit-evidence of that love. We can also go further and recall that Galatians 5:6 tells us that faith works through LOVE and Hebrews 11:6 tells us that without faith is is IMPOSSIBLE to please God.
So now there we have it. In order for our faith to work, we must act in LOVE. Acting in LOVE keeps us in the Word. Acting in LOVE helps us keep His commands. Acting in LOVE keeps our faith working which is pleasing to God. So I encourage you, let’s keep the words and commands of Jesus. Let’s show the LOVE of the Father, which lives inside of us to the whole world and let’s use our faith because in doing so, we will be pleasing to the Father, and guess what? John 14:21 says that He will show Himself to us.