February 6, 2018

John 15:4-11

In this famous passage, Jesus shares the secret to how we can experience true joy in our lives every day. The secret is to abide in him. The definition of this intransitive verb is “to remain stable or fixed in a state” and also “to continue in a place.”

In his book When I Don’t Desire God – How to Fight for Joy, John Piper expounds upon the concept of the joy we receive when we make abiding with Christ the priority of our life.

Letting the words of Jesus abide in us means letting Jesus himself abide in us, to us. It means that we welcome Jesus into our lives and make room for him to live, not as a silent guest with no opinions or commands, but as an authoritative guest whose words and priorities and principles and promises matter more to us than anything does.

The more we know the living Christ by communion with him in his Word, the more our desires become spiritual like his desires, instead of just worldly. This is what David meant when he said in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” The desires of the heart cease to be merely natural desires when the heart delights above all else in the Lord.