What does it mean to Remain in Christ?
Remaining in Christ is one of the fundamentals of our Christian faith. We cannot leave our lives apart from Jesus Christ and His basic message.
If you remain in the Son(Jesus), you are automatically connected to the Father. In fact the closer you get to Jesus the more your life will transform into the better: God will change you.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day. John 6:44
No matter how hard and far we may look for it, there is really no peace or true joy outside Christ.
The more you remain in Christ the more He draws you closer to God.
When you draw closer to God, God does not look at your age, status or gravity of your sins, as far as you wholeheartedly dedicate yourself to Him, God will use you for ever greater things.
Even our love is affected by how close we are to God: When our relationship with God was distorted, it affected our relationships with each other. If you truly love God, you will also love the people around you.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 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.”
Jesus put emphasis on the word “true”, meaning that there may be other “false vines”, but Jesus is the one and only vine that you can depend on.
There are unfortunately so many false teachings and prophets in these days, who are slowly distracting us and keeping us away from the basic message of Christ. They do that out of selfish and carnal desires.
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.Matthew 7:15-20
Please let us endure and stick with Christ, no matter what and at the end the result will be glorious.
My brothers and sisters, God is calling us to bear fruit today. He sees your potential and wants to see the best you can give Him.
Do not be worried God takes care of every branch that is providing fruit, but branches that take nutrients but provide nothing will be cut off.
Any time that we are cut off (live our lives apart from Christ) we wither, because we cannot receive the nutrients that the vine is providing.
Jesus is calling us to have an intimate relationship with Him, so that every aspect of our lives are influenced by Him.
We should strive to be constantly connected to the vine.
We cannot do what Jesus has done for us through our own strength. It must be done by the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit is enabling us daily. He is changing and transforming us, and making us more like Him.
There is no middle ground. Either you are in Christ, or you are outside Him.
We can only be in Christ if our attitude and lifestyle reflect that we are in Christ.
The Devil and the world may oppose you or tempt you to do what is wrong, but if you Remain in Christ you will receive the crown of Glory at the end!