The Need to Abide

God designed you to have a place to call home; a place where your need to abide is manifest.

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John 15:4 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

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Mankind was made in the image of God, and he was designed by his Maker to have a place of abode, a place he could call his home.  We hear much in this life about how the Christian is just a “pilgrim and stranger” in this world, and I fully understand that concept.  However, that still does not remove the Christian from the pattern by which he/she was made.  It has been made clear from the very beginning that part of God’s design for His people is that we have a place to call home; a place we can call our abode.  Once again, I realize that in the eternal mind-set, life on this present earth, and even our stay in heaven after the rapture of the church, is only temporary.  Yet from the beginning, when God prepared a garden for His man before bringing man into the picture, we see His plan, and that for which we are designed.  When man, in Genesis 11, determined to build a city, and a tower that would reach heaven, and make himself a name to prevent division, man was merely following the heart’s desire placed in him from the beginning.  When we consider the pattern of marriage that existed when Jesus was in the earth, we see a custom of the groom preparing a place for his bride to completion before the marriage feast and consummation took place.  Even Jesus said it, “I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go, I will come again and receive you unto Myself.”  And you can be assured the place He prepares for you will be completed before your arrival.  Father, Son, and Holy Ghost want you to have a place of abode.

But a place of abode is not a place you come to for a visit, such as a vacation home, or a time-share residence.  A place of abode is the place your mail comes.  In the natural world, I have a home with a fixed address.  I may not be there every moment of every day; I do a lot of ministry both in and out of the USA.  Still, my place of abode is my official residence on this planet.  Send me a message there, call me there, and ultimately, you will get in contact with me.  That is my best place of rest.  It is home.  But I have another, more permanent place of abode.  It is in Christ.  I do not go to Him for an occasional visit, or even regular visits.  I live in Him, and He in me.  In Him I live and move and have my being.  I have made my abode in Him, eternally so, and in Him I am continually found.  In Him, and in Him alone, do I truly live. 

Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 17:28; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

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