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Stay with it

Written by Mario Sassi on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 11:15 AM

 

I was walking with a friend recently who was anguishing over the pervasiveness of sin, the guilt and shame resulting from it, and all the ensuing affects of their aftermath. Life was tormented because of their seeming inability to get the results they wanted and conquer these things.

We talked and walked for a time, and all the while I was learning a fundamental of spirituality.

Keep walking towards God.

Nothing to do with faith in God, or a relationship with God has anything remotely to do with ‘instantaneous’ spirituality. I doubt that we can support any idea of instant spiritual faith anywhere in scripture; it’s as they say now, “Fake news.” It doesn’t happen. If it does, it most likely is momentary and fleeting.

However, there is a word that is integrally associated with faith and relationship with God, and we find it in John 15, ”4 Remain/Abide in me, as I also remain/abide in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain/abide in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain/abide in me.”

The words I settle on for faith and relationship with God is the word ‘abide’ or ‘remain’. Those words speak of settling in, sticking to, conforming to, staying with … and all those thoughts have to do with staying, not running.

The interesting aspect if this verse is its context. Simply put, the bearing fruit and love, cannot really happen if we are jumping in and out of things. There comes a time, regardless of how or what we feel, we just need to stay put, hold on, remain and abide. In my case this best happens when there are no options to jump, or run. But I am learning that even when the options are there, the discipline of remaining has its own benefits.

So as we walked and talked we were reminded of the daily-ness of our walk of faith. Everyday, step-by-step, remaining, sticking-to-it, knowing that as we continued walking towards God, regardless of how we felt, He is with us.

Continuing in John 15, we see the culmination of remaining and abiding with Christ, (vs 9-15) … especially v.11 “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”

I can’t help but wonder how all this relates to 1 Corinthians 13.