God planned for us to be on the planet at this time when we are seeing chaos existing around the world. Through Christ and his church we can bring healing; wholeness; perspective and solutions. In contrast to the old covenant culture of visitation, we are living in a new covenant and are called to a culture of habitation which creates kingdom architecture. It is time for the Bride of Christ to step into their amazing role; to carry heavens perspective into the world in which we live.
We are the dwelling place of God and God is the dwelling place for us, ‘My dwelling-place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people’ (Ezekiel 37:27). Jesus explains this as ‘abiding’. Read John 15:1-8. When Jesus spoke these words he had just been in the upper room with his disciples and had gone up to the flat roof following the covenant meal. Above this roof was often found a pergola/lattice where vines were grown, these had large leaves which provided shade from the midday sun. Jesus then speaks these words, calling himself the vine. Vines require cutting back in order to thrive. ‘You are the branches’ (verse5).
The branches are where the fruit is produced and Jesus wants us to bear the fruit. His life in us will cause fruitfulness to pour out of our lives. We are pruned by his words not for destruction but in order to produce more fruit. This is Gods design for us; to be incredibly productive and attractive to others. A continual connection to Jesus is needed (verse 4). A branch cannot produce fruit unless it is connected to the vine. ‘Apart from me you can do nothing’ (verse 5). What is attractive in us is the life of Jesus. He wants to wear us like a glove; to so fill us that he overflows out of us.
God is ‘agape’ which is unconditional; pure and perfect love. Our delight is that when we are immersed in Jesus, we are immersed in his love and we will smell like him.
People will want what we are carrying. When we are connected to him peace radiates from us because Jesus is Prince of Peace.
Our life source is in Jesus. He desires that we experience his life in heaven here on earth. We can never exhaust his resources because he is vast. Each day brings fresh peace, favour and grace.
The simple things we do for people have the most profound effect on them. Acts of kindness and the peace we carry affects others. This is to be our lifestyle as we align ourselves to him.
The reality of abiding is also expressed by the Greek word ‘koinonia’ which means fellowship and, a common shared life. (Read 1 John 1:3; 6-7). Jesus gives us access to the Father, the Holy Spirit, heavenly realms and resources and a shared relationship. Abiding is not just about the relationship between me and Jesus but also with those around me. Others will know us by our love for Jesus and for each other, we walk in light with each other and this has a powerful effect on people around us.
It is my responsibility to know Jesus more and to go deeper in relationship with him, resulting in a deeper abiding in him. This not only contributes to a deeper unity with him but also a deeper unity with others who belong to Jesus. The more of Jesus in me gets on great with the more of Jesus in you!