May 1, 2012 § 1 Comment
John 15:1-8 encourages us to be confident of the Lord’s presence with us every day. It contains God’s promise that He will never abandon us, but provides us with abundant life every single day of our lives. His salvation is not a distant or heavenly hope, but something we can live into right here and now. Dependent on Old Testament images of God’s people as God’s vineyard (for example, Psalm 80, Isaiah 5, Ezekiel 15), this passage gives a perspective on faith defined as abiding in Him. Abiding points to the reality of participating in the life of God through his Son, Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is an intimate relationship that provides us with a dwelling place (home) during our everyday routines. Literally abiding means “to continue in a place.” May you and I continue our life journey today with a fresh awareness of God’s presence with us.