So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (ESV)
What does it mean to let your word abide in me? What do you think it means? I will tell you what I’m sure that it does not mean. What’s that? Occasionally hearing your word, in small doses, once a week does not constitute abiding in your word. No, it does not. If I want to abide in your word I am sure that abiding in your word will also require more of me than merely listening to what others are saying about your word. Yes, it will.
Why do you want to abide in my word? What do you hope my word will do for you? I want your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. I want your word to help me to know and do your will. I want your word to set me free so I can live my life fully and passionately for you. I want your word to help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want your word to make me able to endure trials and stand against temptation. I want your word to be like a sword in the Holy Spirit’s hand so that He can fight in me, with me and for me. I want your word to set me on fire to love, follow and serve you. I want your word to help me to know you intimately. Do you believe that my word will accomplish all these things in and through you as you let it abide in you? Yes Lord, I believe that your word can accomplish these things and even more than I could think to ask for or even imagine. That’s right.
How will you let my word abide in you? I will set aside a daily time to meet with you in your word. I will listen attentively to everything you have to say to me. I will read your word. I will study your word. I will meditate on your word. I will memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will speak your word. I will hold on to your word. I will let your word mold and shape my life. I will let your word change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Most importantly, I will put your word into practice as I love, follow and serve you. That will be very good. You will be set free as you abide in my word. I will use my word to accomplish all my purposes and plans in and through your life.
Lord, I will abide in your word. I will let your word dwell in me. I will meditate on your word. I will hide your word in my heart. I will put your word into practice. Use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Guide and set me free by your word. Amen
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