Updated: Sep 7, 2020
Abiding is one of those “Christianese” words that can be hard to grasp. Yet Jesus, in John 15 dedicates eleven verses to the topic. What exactly does it mean to abide in Christ? My pastor, Trent Thompson, gave the best description of abiding I’ve heard. Abiding is found through a moment by moment connection to God (praying), to His Word (reading and memorizing Scripture), and to His Love for you (praising Him through worship and gratitude).
John 15:4 says, “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.” The result of abiding in Him is bearing fruit (such as the fruit of the Spirit, ministering to others, and making disciples). Verse 8 tells us that abiding in Christ glorifies the Father, which is our ultimate purpose. Finally, verse 11 informs us that Jesus’ purpose in calling us to abide is to give us his joy and give it fully!
- Draw or google a picture of a grapevine. Cut out the vine and branches, leaves, and clusters of grapes.
- Hang the vine and branches up somewhere you’ll all see it throughout the week.
- On the leaves and grape clusters, write encouraging Bible verses, prayer requests, and words of thanks to God. Attach these to the vine and branches.
- Keep a pen and extra leaves and grapes close by so you can add to it each day.
- Alternatively, decorate a shoe box or wooden box and have family members write on note cards what they are concerned about, thankful for, and what verses encourage them. Read through and pray over these weekly.
- Post a picture of your vine (or box) to social media and tag Flourishing Family Coaching to help encourage other families.
- Remember, we are going for long-term habits, so give yourselves grace if it takes time to get started. I think you’ll find over time the more you abide in the vine, the more connected you will want to stay!
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