“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (John 15:9 NIV)
You are loved, now stay there. Why does this even need to be said? Isn’t this what we all are searching for? A place to be cherished, nourished and cared for? It is. And yet- we don’t know how to remain. We get distracted, discouraged and dejected. So Jesus adds this in: Now, remain in my love.
Now. Right now. In the present moment, wherever you are right now.
Remaining takes connection.
Jesus is talking about the Vine and branches here. It is the connection between the vine and branch that keeps the branch alive. How do I remain in his love? By keeping my connection with him authentic and real. Most of the time this means being honest with myself and with God.
Remaining takes trust.
Jesus says that a good gardener prunes the branch so that it will bear more fruit. Pruning does not feel good. The cutting away of unnecessary parts does not seem important. But it is so very valuable. What hurts in the short run, leads to great abundance in the long run. It takes trust to allow God to prune and cut off the unhealthy and unnecessary parts of yourself that hinder your growth. You can’t bear the pain of it it unless you throw your hope into God and believe that if he is asking for you to change something, it is for your ultimate good. You also can’t bear the fruit you are praying for without it.
Remaining takes faith.
Jesus says “if you keep my commands” but this is not the dry duty led life of legalism. Keeping his commands is more like holding a treasure close to heart with one hand and reaching out to hold the hand of your father with the other. As you hold tight to what he was entrusted you with, you trust that where he leads, you want to go.
If it were easy, everyone would be doing it and Jesus wouldn’t have ever needed to tell us about it.
Are you connected?
Are you trusting?
Are you obeying?
God is not a man that he should lie. TRUST HIM.