Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.”
What does it mean to abide in Christ? What does it mean for Christ to abide in us? Where does one end and the other begin? I like to go and walk the city streets. I like to listen and look for the Spirit of God in the movement and activities of people. To abide in Christ, and for Christ to abide in me simply means to recognise the centeredness of Christ in all things and to stay present to it. All of history, all of nature, all of human activity, all of time and space.
I was sitting with a friend last week whose Father was dying and we talked about the value of knowing that a person can have done terrible things in their life, and it can be hard to forgive and to let that go, but it doesn’t exclude them from the truth that God is completely for them, completely in favour of them and completely held by the love of God. To abide in Christ is to seek to stay present in the present and give voice and action to that love at work in and around us.
Where is the Spirit of God at work in and around you? What do you do to stay present to it?