Tuesday, September 01, 2009

continuing on in Jesus

In this 1 John 2 passage, we are told that we are taught by God to abide or remain in Christ. And that if we continue in him, when he appears we won't shrink back or be ashamed at his coming (same Greek word, each of the italics).

There are so many things that hit us day by day, some hard, others not so, but maybe subtly so, to get us off track from continuing on in Jesus. But our only hope is to remain and abide in him. To be at home with him more and more. Not just by ourselves, but with others in Jesus, and not just for ourselves, or just for them, but for the world. We need to keep all of this together in our perspective, and as to what we're all about.

Continuing on in Jesus is vital for ourselves, but also for others. We need to not waver, and when we do waver, to simply endeavor to carry on in Jesus. We can be sure this will be tested time and time again, and that such testing surely won't end in this life. But we need to make such testings occasions to bind us closer in our weakness to Christ. To make us more dependent on him.

We don't know what a day may bring forth, but we want to be those who continue on in Jesus, no matter what. So that God will have his way in our lives, together, and for the world.

What might you like to add to this?


nannykim said...

Good post as always.I am so thankful for God's grace--He can do some amazing things in helping us to abide in Him.

Ted M. Gossard said...


Yes. I don't look at it so much as an experience, though it does include the experiential, but as reality. And a reality that much of the time we need to accept and walk in by faith. And God is faithful in helping us in this.

nannykim said...

yup, in him we live and move and have our being--amen