Have you ever noticed in our culture we honor "busyness"? Notice, I didn't say business, I said busy-ness. When you ask someone how they are doing and they answer, "I'm so busy," we practically admire that. We've even created a mindset in the Christian (church) culture that "busyness equals Godliness." I totally disagree.
Termites are busy. However, what's left at the end of their busyness? Total destruction. We can be so busy doing so many things, even good things, that we miss God's plan for us and all that's left in the end is a remnant of something that once was.
In the weeks past we've learned that God may not duplicate a method to accomplish his plan in our life. We must be willing to move forward with God and never get "stuck" in a rut. We've learned that God has a plan for us, and that plan includes a call on our life that is way more than a mere "job" we volunteer for. We've also learned the importance of Biblical fellowship: hanging out for the highest purpose!
Who are your friends? What do you do with your friends? Where do you do those things with your friends? How you answer those three questions will determine how well you implement Principle #7: Abide with Jesus so you can be less "busy" and accomplish more!
What does it mean to abide? It means to remain stable or fixed. Jesus said in John 15 that he was the vine and we are the branches. He gave us a beautiful invitation: "abide in me and I will abide in you." Some translations say, "remain in me and I will remain in you." Then he told us God's goal for our life is that we would "bear much fruit" for God's glory. Jesus is saying God's goal is for our life to produce the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and the only way that can happen is if we make the choice to remain in Jesus, the true vine.
2 things will keep us from an abiding relationship with Jesus: 1) focusing more on the product and not the process and 2) focusing more on the destination and not the journey. Abiding in Jesus so that our life can produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control is a process. It takes time! So don't give up. Resist getting discouraged. As you focus on the process, you'll remember you need to stay connected to Jesus, the vine. As you focus on the journey of learning about God, yourself, your faith, others, and life, you'll be motivated to remain in Jesus. You'll learn that Jesus was absolutely correct in saying you won't accomplish anything of eternal significance apart from him.
So, how have you answered his invitation to abide? Click here to watch the full message!