Can I tell you a little about the treasure of abiding in Jesus?
A lot of times, we want God to give us an answer right away. We plead for Him to make known to us the path we should take, the decision we should make, the answer we should give. We want change immediately. But God will often delay the answer that we may seek from Him (though His timing is perfect; it seems like a delay on our end). And He has a unique way of bringing about change.
Abiding. This treasure.
Our Father longs for His children to pursue Him. To learn to be attentive to Him at all times. To be captivated & overwhelmed by the love of Jesus. To dive deep in His Word to know Him & become like Him. To keep His way. To learn the unique promptings of the Spirit. To pray & fast. To worship in church services & in our kitchens. To serve His Kingdom. To walk in fellowship with Him.
Jesus tells us to abide that we may bear fruit. AND that our joy may be full. This is the treasure of abiding. To love Jesus, oh to love Jesus more & radiate His glory more than when we first pleaded. He could easily give us our answer - that thing we desire to know so badly. But He knows better than we do. Friends, He gives us much more than that. He gives us Himself. We get intimacy with the God of the universe! And our lives are changed & our joy is full. Abiding in Jesus is the way of life. Let us do nothing in our own strength or understanding today, for apart from Him, we can do nothing.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.4 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. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." - Jesus [John 15]