To wait for.
To endure without yielding.
To bear patiently.
To accept without objection.
If you were to Google the word “abide” and read what Miss Merriam Webster has to say, that is what you would find.
I have always been fascinated by the use of the word abide in terms of explaining our relationship with Christ. We wait for His answers to our prayers. We endure hardships without yielding, knowing He is there to protect us. We bear our burdens knowing He is the ultimate Comforter. We accept His will without objection, trusting He knows what is very best for us.
Abide also means to remain. I am to remain in His word, on my knees in prayer and seeking His discernment.
I simply cannot expect to bear the fruit of the Vine that I do not remain in.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:1-4)
Not only can I not expect to bear the fruit of the Vine I do not remain in, but when I remain in that Vine, it will not come without some pruning.
When I abide in Jesus, He corrects me. He refines me and molds me into the women He created me to be just like a potter molds clay. But I can’t bear spiritual fruit without that molding, pruning and correction.
I am thankful the Lord continues to reveal the deepest parts of me that are not of Him so that slowly, as the Potters’ wheel turn round and round, I can become more like Him.
Maybe we should all go back to pottery class every once in a while.
Lord, prune me so my fruit only bears witness of Your glory in my life. Mold me that my image looks more like Yours with every turn.