Ok, so you’re abiding in Christ because of his indwelling life (Position) and you are supposed to continually abide in Christ by faith (Condition). But what does this actually mean? How do we abide in Christ? How do you dwell or live in a person? Well, one of the most helpful verses for us to answer this is this one:
John 15:9. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
To abide in Christ is to abide in his love. Jesus’ statement here is the most overwhelming, comforting, and satisfying word ever spoken. It echoes John 3:16- God loves us so much that he gave us his son. And now his son loves you and me with the same love that the Father loves Jesus.
Who does God love more – Jesus or you?
What did you answer? If you answered Jesus or you, then you are wrong. The answer is, He loves you both equally. It’s the same love. The same love that opened the clouds at Jesus’ baptism, opens over you and declares “this is my son/daughter whom I love.”
If your mindset is, “I am working hard to obey God, so he must love me,” then you have it backwards. You have put condition before position. If you think, “God’s love is a never ending stream of life that exists no matter what I do,” then you are “living as Christ.”
“To live is Christ,” means that we receive God’s love, just as Christ Jesus received the love of the Father, and that love empowered him to face anything and everything each and every day. It is this unconditional unending love that allows us to have true peace. By it we can relax.
Stop the train of self effort. Get off it. And jump on the love train. True, pure, real, authentic, hope filled, life empowering, image producing love. And it is this love that will empower Christ’s new command to us: “Love one another as I have loved you.”
More on that tomorrow.