“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (John 15:4 NKJV)
I don’t know about you, but I sure struggle with feeling frazzled at times. There are so many demands and expectations that meet us each morning. Time seems to fly by faster than before. It’s hard to keep up! Sometimes I feel like a dog chasing it’s tail, I’ll never accomplish it!
Recently I attended a ministers’ enrichment engagement. The speaker spoke out of John 15. It was a very familiar passage to me, but the message was different. Instead of speaking about bearing fruit he focused on abiding in Christ.
I discovered that I, like many people, have a production mindset. It’s about how many people attend, how many read the post, like the post, the amount in the checkbook and on and on the list goes. What we see in John is Jesus saying, “Abide in me.” What he wants from us is a relationship mindset.
What is the first thing that gets shelved when we get busy? For me it’s easy to cut out my devotion and prayer time. After all, you can’t “see” those results, but the dirty dish pile and laundry mountain are very visible!
Can I tell you something? God doesn’t care about the condition or production of your house as much as he cares about the condition of your heart! It’s against our natural inclination to carve out time in an already crazy schedule to sit and read God’s Word and pray. Who has that time?!? But that really is the cure for the frazzled soul.
So many things about God’s economy are backwards from what we think and understand. I’ve come to realize that it’s on the days I take the time for personal devotions and family devotions that I somehow have the time to get things done. Maybe it’s that the condition of my heart affects the outcome of my day more then I understand.
What are you feeling frazzled about? Maybe it’s time to look inward and upward. Spend time abiding in Christ. I think we all need more of that.
Lord, I pray that you would draw us into your presence. Help us to dedicate some time to you and abiding in and with you. Help our production nature to take a backseat to the relationship building that you desire to do within us. Amen