The Secret Place #1 – Abiding in the Word:
“Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” (John 8:31).
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8).
To be a disciple of Jesus is to be one who abides in His Word. This makes sense if you consider the definition of the word disciple – one who embraces and assists in spreading the teachings of another. How can we embrace the teaching of Jesus, and assist in spreading them, if we don’t know what Jesus taught? Jesus has commanded us as His disciples to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20). If we’re going to go and make disciples, and teach others to observe the things He has commanded us, then it is only logical that we would first learn the things He has commanded us.
What does it mean to abide in the Word? This means more than just reading or studying the Bible. To abide in the Word means to remain in, continue in, and live in God’s Word. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this means more than just going to church once a week on Sunday mornings to hear a sermon. “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 then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8). God wants us to keep His Word in our hearts and in our mouths, and meditate on it day and night, so that we can obey what He’s written in it! When we live our lives according to the Bible, we will prosper and have good success in every area of our lives. This is what the Lord Jesus taught in the sermon on the mount: “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25).
As Christians, reading the Bible is not an option for us. How can we follow Jesus if we don’t know what Jesus is calling us to do? Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8). When we abide in Jesus, and His Word abides in us, some of the benefits include: answered prayer, bearing much fruit, and bringing glory to our Heavenly Father.
Today, I pray that you would heed the challenge to abide in the Word. If you haven’t done so before, begin a daily Bible reading program today and commit to just five minutes a day in God’s Word. If you would like a daily Bible reading schedule, you can download one for free from our website. Tomorrow, I will give you some keys that will help you to make your Bible study more profitable. Get into the Word!
Pastor Chris Jordan