Abide in Him to Walk Like Him
By Kristen Terrette
“Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6
Trying to live a life that mirrors Christ daily is nearly impossible. I’ve been a Christian for over twenty-five years yet still must intentionally turn away from my human desires and reactions. I often fail. Rather than honoring others above myself, it’s easier to put myself above all, indulging my longings and withholding grace from those around me.
Going about each day without a filter over my mouth, manipulating my child’s behavior with lies and bribes, engaging in gossip on social media, and watching a TV show that doesn’t honor God takes little effort in our culture.
But if I’ve been saved by God’s grace and therefore have Him living in me, I must imitate Christ in all things.
Today’s verse uses the Greek word, menó, which translates as “abide” or “live in.” When we abide in Him, we’re holding tight to God in friendship and companionship, allowing Him to help guide our decisions. This abiding with God brings us peace and comfort even during the tough times of life, and we can do nothing without clinging to Him, His Word, and His Son.
I’ve found when I’m abiding with my Savior, walking as Jesus did becomes easier. My daily choices to honor Him seem to happen naturally. They’re inherent by-products of my relationship with Him.
How can we abide in Him? One thing I do is ask God each day, “What do You have for me today?” I know He’ll show me in every moment how to live. This glorifies Him and shows others His power, for I cannot walk like Him on my own. Also, we can read and study the Bible daily, talk to Him constantly through prayer, and find a community of believers that will help us grow closer to Him. Abide in Him to walk like Him.
Kristen Terretteholds a Master's degree in Theological Studies and served as a Children's Ministry Director for five years. She cherishes her Southern roots and currently lives 45 minutes outside of Atlanta, GA. She’s following her dream by writing Christian fiction during the day and being a wife and mom come early afternoon when the family starts to arrive home. She’s serves on the Wholly Loved Ministries team, serves at her local church on the women's leadership team, and writes for Crosswalk.com. To see her blog and novels, check out her website at www.kristenterrette.com.
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