As our fall session of Family Nights (and Anchored) wind down, I wanted to remind you of the awesome truth that we have learned this semester (or tell you about what we learned if you weren’t able to attend and haven’t been listening to the podcast!) as we head into a busy season for everyone!
The very first week, we got to hear Kathy Drake’s heart for what this semester would look like and also a little of her testimony. The main take away? Are you abiding in Christ or biding your time?
Kathy shared some great definitions with us on what abiding is: it is maintaining unbroken relationship. Biding, on the other hand, is simply enduring or bearing, waiting for the next opportunity. Go read John 15-16 and 1 John 2-2 John 1 and highlight every instance that “abide” is used. Once saved, God preserves us and we persevere, we abide! 2 Peter 1:5 says “make every effort” to supply the things he lists out in the following verses to our faith. It is important to know that part of abiding is knowing- God calls us to love Him with all of our mind. Abiding is not just going to church every time the doors open. Abiding is not just reading some devotionals every day. It is so much more…
The fruit of abiding is of eternal value. It gives us the lifeline we need to get through the seasons of life we come to. The goal in abiding is not to be perfect. The goal is to persevere- consistency is a great attribute. If we could abide just by reading some devotional thoughts, everyone would do that- it’s easy! We have to be in God’s Word! But it’s hard and it costs us something- in the beginning, just time. But then, as God’s Word changes us, it will cost us cultural relevance (moral purity is the first thing that is listed in 2 Peter 1:5) and our “cool” card.