This is my “One Word” for 2017. This word called out to me at the beginning of the christmas season and at that time I thought it simply meant spending time with God. I normally spend quite a bit of time with God (at least I would like to think I do)! Outside of the usual prayers, devotionals, podcasts, church services, worship, Bible study groups books, etc; I take advantage of the little moments to speak/pray/listen with God as well: shuttling the kids to activities, getting ready for the day, setting up the cots at nap time, standing in line at the supermarket, etc.
I know what it means to abide/remain/stay close to God.
But I knew I needed rest.
So I balked.
And I waited for a new word to come to reflect that. But nothing came.
With just days left in 2016 here I am back to the original one word with it’s truer meaning.
The parallel verse(s) found in John 15 says (in a nutshell): “Abide in Me.” And to remain inseparably linked to Christ in all areas of life goes much deeper than spending time with Him.
It’s all about identity.
Abide involves rest! There is truth, peace and rest in your true identity. Abiding in Christ is remaining in our God-given identity instead of focusing on what we do. He doesn’t want me to be busy, he wants me to be fruitful. We are His, cherished, loved, redeemed, set apart. He not only unconditionally loves us, but He likes us! It’s about waking up to the truth of who we are and Whose we are. Resting in His grace where we are always found worthy. He is the author and perfecter of our identity.
Without Him, we are incomplete.
So here’s to 2017 and the rebuilding of my mind/thoughts [Romans 12] centered on my true identity [Ephesians 1] by abiding in Him[John 15]