Christ in You
We become our true selves as we abide in Jesus.
READ John 15:1-17
When Jesus explained to His disciples what it means to have a relationship with Him, He used the simple illustration of a grapevine. It was something they’d have intimately understood, because grapes were an integral part of the daily diet.
Whether or not you’ve been to a vineyard, everyone has observed how plants grow. For a branch to stay alive, it must remain part of a vine, stem, or trunk. We’ve also seen that when a branch breaks off, whatever blossoms, leaves, or fruit once grew there eventually dry up and die.
In this passage, Jesus provides us with a clear picture of a great mystery: He alone sustains us, and there is no life apart from Him. This is the heart of the gospel—not just that Christ saved us from death, but that He empowers us to live for Him as He lives in and through us (Philippians 2:13).
Think and pray about the following questions. If possible, write down your thoughts in a journal.
1. What do you find is the hardest part of living for Christ? Think about that difficulty in light of the truth that you can do nothing apart from Him. Ask Him to live His life through you in this area.
2. In John 15:9-17, Jesus explains His will for our lives. What do you think it means to “abide” (remain, live, stay) in His love? And how would doing so impact the way you respond to His commandments?
Meditate on these truths about the indwelling of Christ in us. For in-depth study, see the supporting scriptures.
- Jesus is our Source—without continually seeking nourishment from Him, we have no life. (John 6:53-58)
- The wonderful mystery of Christ living in us now is evidence of a future reality—that we will be completely restored, our unity with our Creator no longer hindered by sin. (Colossians 1:24-27)
- Our spiritual identity is rooted in Christ’s righteousness, not our own striving. (Romans 8:9-11)
- As you put your faith in Jesus, you increasingly become your true self. The false self has been crucified with Christ. (Col. 3:3-4; Galatians 2:19-20; Phil. 1:21)
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