If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. -John 8:31 ESV
A disciple is another word for student, someone who diligently and purposefully studies something. Jesus said that you would do what He did and even greater things, but only if you abide in Him and become one of His disciples. When you abide, you remain, or continuously walk closely. When you’re in relationship with someone, you study them and get to know their dreams, desires, likes, dislikes, passions, and pains. That’s the kind of relationship Jesus wants to have with His disciples: He wants you to walk closely enough with Him that you will know all about Him and do what He has done and even greater things. But Jesus didn’t say you’d only be His disciple by abiding in Him. He also said, “You will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you,” (John 15:7). That’s an amazing reward, but it’s only promised to those who abide in Him.
What do you desire? A successful marriage? Your dream job? Your health restored? Your kids living for Jesus? Restoration for your family? It can all be yours, but you must put in the work. You must spend daily quite time with God. You must tell God your desires. You must confess your sins when He reveals things to you. And, finally, you must allow Him to work in your life.
- Ask Holy Spirit to help you abide in Jesus.
- Thank God for a spirit of discernment as you begin studying and understand His Word.