“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”           1 John 2:6 NKJV


John equates being “in Him” with “abiding in Him”. “Abiding” is John’s term for fellowship or a close, intimate relationship. As with the phrases, “keeping His commandments” and “the love of God”, so too does the term “abiding” go back to the Upper Room Discourse, to Jesus’ words about the vine and the branches. There Jesus said in John 15:4, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” Dr James Rosscup devotes an entire book to the theme of abiding in Christ as found in John 15. He sums up the concept of abiding in three ways (Abiding in Christ [Zondervan], p. 116): “Abiding involves a person’s relating himself to Christ the Vine, to His Person and His purpose; rejecting attitudes, words, actions, or interests which Christ’s Word reveals He cannot share; and receiving the quality-essence of Christ’s imparted life for authentic fulfilment.” If we are abiding in Christ, we will walk as He walked. This means that He is our supreme example for living. Jesus showed us how we should live in total dependence on the Father and in complete submission to His will, no matter how difficult. To walk as Jesus walked means that our lives should be characterized by daily dependence on God, submission to Him and obedience to His will. Our overall aim in life will be to seek first His kingdom and righteousness. While we will never walk perfectly as Jesus walked, it should be our constant aim and effort to do so.



Lord Jesus, I choose to seek first Your Kingdom and righteousness.



Lord Jesus, by the power and ministry of Your Holy Spirit, may our overall aim in life be to seek first Your kingdom and righteousness, knowing that we will never walk perfectly as You walked. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Timothy 1:1-17



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