Over the past few weeks, I’ve written about the three God-placed needs within us. We have a need for love, a need to feel a sense of worth, and a need to impact the world around us.
Whether we recognize it or not…we live our lives in order to meet these three God-placed needs and find shalom.
If we choose to follow the instructions of our Lord in the verse for today…we will find that shalom and flourish. If instead, we choose to meet those needs outside of Christ…we will eventually fail to achieve deep and lasting shalom. We might initially experience a superficial worldly satisfaction of those needs…but that satisfaction is not true shalom.
To find true shalom, we must learn the art of abiding in Him.
Jesus uses the word picture of a vine and branches to describe what that abiding should look like. A branch remains alive as long as it is attached to the vine. The same is true for us spiritually.
To flourish…we must remain attached to the main vine…Jesus.
One way to remain attached to Jesus throughout the day is learning the art of increasing our awareness of His presence. Paul calls it unceasing prayer in 1 Thess. 5:17. The saints have been writing about this since the coming of Christ. Some well-known examples are Brother Lawrence’s Practicing the Presence of God and more recently, Thomas Kelly’s Testament of Devotion.
Like so many other things in the Christian walk, learning to abide in Christ is a process. It occurs over time through small steps…small decisions we make each day and throughout the day.
As you begin a new week, look for ways to bring the remembrance of the Lord back to your awareness such as well-placed Scripture verses. It only takes a few seconds to remember…
He is with us…
He is the vine…
We are the branch…we draw our sustenance from Him.
Prayer: Lord, remind me of Your presence throughout the day so that I can abide in You.