This morning I am meditating on John 15:5, “I Am the Vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me ye can do nothing.” Taking the time to dissect the verse, allowing each phrase to have its impact on my mind, the phrase, “and I in him” really hit me this time. Like many, I’ve read this verse many times and have it memorized, but this phrase reminded me of a passage I read in the book, Christ’s Object Lessons. Here is that passage:
“The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. They have a regard for the truth, they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth; but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit’s working. They have not fallen upon the Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up. This class are represented also by the stony-ground hearers. They receive the word with readiness, but they fail of assimilating its principles. Its influence is not abiding. The Spirit works upon man’s heart, according to his desire and consent implanting in him a new nature; but the class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a superficial work. They do not know God. They have not studied His character; they have not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live.” page 408.
This stopped me dead in my tracks and sent me to my knees. It isn’t enough just to not be a hypocrite!!! “Is it I, Lord?” I believe it behooves each of us to do some serious soul searching! NAY! It behooves is to pray with the Psalmist, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” 138:23,24. We do not know ourselves. (Jeremiah 17:9).
We may to all outward appearances be abiding in Christ. But is HE abiding in us? It says in John 2:24 that Jesus would not commit Himself to men because He knew what was in them. What about me? What about you? Can Jesus commit Himself to, can He abide in you right now? An inward change must take place within us such that Christ will identify and commit Himself to abide. Remember, two cannot walk together unless they are agreed! (Amos 3:3) SELAH. Let us meditate on these things!