In Mark 1:17-19 Jesus finds four fishermen and says to them “Come, follow me.”
It sounds simple. Or does it? Fishing was their livelihood. Yet, they answered the call. They left their nets and followed Him.
How about us, where were we and what were we doing when we heard the call?
To answer the call means that something might have to be left behind in order to follow.
John chapter 15:4-8 (The Voice Bible)
“Abide in Me and I will abide in you. A branch cannot bear fruit if it is disconnected from the vine, and neither will you if you are not connected to Me. I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you abide in Me and I in you, you will bear great fruit. Without Me, you will accomplish nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is like a branch that is tossed out and shrivels up and is later gathered to be tossed into the fire to burn. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is like a branch that is tossed out and shrivels up and is later gather to be tossed into the fire to burn. If you abide in Me and My voice abides in you, anything you ask will come to pass for you. Your abundant growth and your faithfulness as My followers will bring glory to the Father.”
So it seems like answering the call to come to Jesus and follow Him in the beginning was just that. The start of a journey of Abiding.
To abide means to remain or continue. We are to stay close and stay tight with Jesus.
When we abide in Him we don’t have to make any more feeble attempts to do something for God. We simple believe that He is abiding with us, in us, and through us.
Abiding in Him is to become our lifestyle reaching the oneness with Him that abiding in Him no longer is something we consciously have to work at.
Look again at Verse 7. “IF” - you abide in me. . . And MY words abide in you.
The NIV and the NKJ say “my words” where the Voice Bible says “my voice”. The Greek uses “rhema” which is a spoken word not “logos” in this passage.
Greek Strong's Number: 4487 Greek Word: ῥῆμαTransliteration: rhēma (Strong's Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.)
So as we abide, we will hear what He is speaking in the moment. As valuable as it is to be able to quote the word, we need to understand that is logos, the written word.
It is when the Holy Spirit speaks the written word directly to you it is a rhema word. It is something specific God wants us to hear at the moment.
Going on in the rest of verse 7 Jesus said abiding has a lot to do with prayers being answered. Jesus said that anything we ask will come to pass.
So I think we can conclude that when we abide in Him and allow only His words to abide in us, (no doubts or lies from the enemy can co-exist with His words) then what we ask for will be done.
Is there a secret to abiding? Perhaps it is simply maintaining our focus on who He is and who we are in Him and not letting anything get in the way of our intimate relationship with Him.
He is the Vine, the source of life, we are the branch where fruit bears witness of His life in us and our abiding in Him. Apart from Him we can do nothing.
~~~~From myto yours~~~~Andrea