Abiding in Christ

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This week in the REAL Women’s Bible Study, we talked about abiding in Christ. 1 John 2:27 says “As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you…..just as it has taught you, remain in Him.”  Remain.  Abide. Nothing fancy.  Nothing complicated.  Nothing easy.

Abiding in Christ isn’t the kind of thing we can check off of a to-do list, which usually makes women like me crazy.  I’m a “get out there and accomplish something” kind of gal.  I like my deadlines and I like the kudos that come with meeting them.  I like the sense of satisfaction I get when I cross a line out on my task-oriented agenda.  How does “remain in Christ” fit into that kind of mentality?

It doesn’t.  Which is the point.  That’s not to say that the Apostle John doesn’t help me out with this little quandry.  In the first chapter and a half, he’s pointed out several things that help me remain in Christ:

  • Remember the gospel of Christ, the beginning (1 John 1:1)
  • Stay in fellowship with God and His children (1 John 1:3)
  • Walk in the light of truth (1 John 1:7)
  • Confess sin and accept God’s forgiveness and purification (1 John 1:9)
  • Obey His commands (1 John 2:4)
  • Love one another (1 John 2:10)
  • Don’t love the world’s way of life (1 John 2:15)

Good practical stuff.  And by remaining in Christ in these ways, I experience the power of the Holy Spirit, the anointing, in my life.  Gimme some of that!

As we ladies in the Bible study considered these things this week, we sang a song called “At Your Feet.”  It’s an older worship song by the band Switchfoot along with a tag from another song from the group Iona, and we used to sing it here at FEFC some years ago.  I’ve put the lyrics to the song below.  Would you pray them back to the Father?  Would you consider adding “remain” not to your “to-do” list, but to your “to-be” list?

At Your Feet (Switchfoot/Iona)
At Your side, I find joy.
At Your side I find my peace
At Your side, I find a purpose.
At Your side You meet my needs.
I have run so far ahead and fallen way too far behind
But I belong at Your side
 
At Your feet, I find rest.
At Your feet, I find my peace.
At Your feet, I find forgiveness.
At Your feet, You meet my needs.
I’ve wandered every crooked path, a bitter road I thought was sweet
But I belong at Your feet.
 
In Your arms, I find comfort.
In Your arms, I find my peace.
In Your arms, I find Your tender holy love to meet my needs.
I have sought a stranger’s care and a liar’s fading charms
But I belong in Your arms.
Oh, I belong in Your arms.
 
Here we can bathe in a love that’s divine.
Here we can know I am Yours, You are mine.
Here, in Your arms that are faithful and strong,
Here with You, this is where I belong.