Let That Therefore Abide
1 John 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
Throughout our Christian walk we have been conditioned by our experience and by the experiences (and the teachings that spring from them) of those we trust, to expect peaks and valleys, deserts and lush places, as we journey hand in hand with Christ. At times we are so close to God and at other times we feel as though He has forsaken us.
While I cannot deny that Christians have those experiences, I can say that it is unscriptural for a Christian to reason that those experiences stem from Christ. The reason for this cycle of nearness to and distance from Christ stems rather from us. We are dragged away by our own desires. We fail to remain in Him. We fail to let His Word remain in us. We feast on the filth of the world, rather than on the bread of life. And then we execute a self-imposed penance in hopes of restoring a relationship with the Lord.
The Lord has purchased for us a life of unbroken, constantly flourishing fellowship with Him. His sacrifice was enough to keep you in continual communion with Him. His body and blood have made it so that you never have to hunger or thirst again. Ever. But to experience it you must abide in Him.
When you fail to let the Word remain in you, you fail to continue in the Son. But if you let that therefore abide, which you have heard from the beginning, you will continue in the able hands of Christ, and in the Father. And the deserts where you might find yourself will be made lush by the rivers that flow out of you, and the mountains which stand in your way will be removed when you speak to them. In the end, you will be like Him, the true Vine.
I leave you with the words of my dear friend. “It is in Him that we have life, therefore it is in the knowledge of him that we experience that life. Thank God that he is ever eager to unveil His intricate love to us at all times and in all places. Man, it’s good to be a Christian.”