Relax In Jesus Part 2 by Tammy Ritter
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
Last week we talked about the need to come to Jesus and therefore find rest – the “where”. Now John 15 shows us the “how”. Jesus is sharing a life-changing truth with us here…that you and I, as believers in Jesus Christ can remain connected to Him, in unbroken fellowship and relationship 24/7. This vital connection to our Lord and Savior is the key to finding true spiritual and physical rest in Him. This vital connection doesn’t happen because we do a 10 minute devotional or an hour church service each week, but happens when we are mindful of Jesus as our source for everything pertaining to life and godliness, throughout every day – 24/7.
When we practice a moment by moment abiding relationship: one that thinks of Him, talks to Him, walks with Him, prays to Him, acknowledges Him, asks of Him, shares your burdens and desires with Him, worships Him, gives to Him, sings to Him, looks to Him, and meditates on His Word as the primary source of life, then we begin to taste and see that He is more than enough. This awesome, life giving and life-sustaining connection is how we find the Rest our soul longs for. Yes, we can rest in Jesus and actually relax in Him, when we truly know that our part is to Come and to Abide, and His part is to do everything else! Yes, My God is good at being God, and with a lifetime of practice, I can become good at Abiding and Resting in Him. Ahhhh….relax in His presence!
So are we staying connected to the vine daily?
Are coming to Jesus as our first source for everything?
Are we truly Relaxing in Jesus?
Let’s meditate on this Psalm together….
1 Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
3 For the Lord is a great God, a great King above all gods.
4 He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.
5 The sea belongs to him, for he made it. His hands formed the dry land, too.
6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.
If only you would listen to his voice today!
by Tammy Ritter