Let me tell you a story …
My wife is a truly wonderful woman. One day in the middle of winter when she was driving down a busy city street, she spotted a dog ambling down the sidewalk. It was shaking and shivering and there was no owner in sight. After following it for a bit, she opened the car door and it stepped right in.
For weeks she attempted to locate the owner, to no avail. So we adopted him and named him Max.
We soon discovered that Max had a few issues. He was basically blind and deaf. He had vertigo, which meant he tended to wobble and tip over every once in awhile. He had epilepsy, which meant he had frequent seizures. He had colitis, which meant he couldn’t hold his poop. He had a urinary tract problem, which meant he couldn’t hold his pee.
But we loved him.
Max also had a propensity to wander away from home (in slow motion). We would repeatedly tell him to stay but he tended to ignore us. Time after time we had to go looking for him and rescue him from the dangerous world around us.
If I really think about it, I’m a lot like Max. I have lots of issues. But my Master loves me anyway. He repeatedly warns me to stay by his side but I repeatedly wander off on my own only to have him repeatedly rescue me.
Here’s what Jesus says:
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7, NIV)
Here are a few other translations:
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (NKJV)
If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. (Amplified Bible)
If you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. (The Message)
That’s exactly what we intend to do as we continue our walk toward the Cross: STAY in Jesus and his words.
There’s no better place to be.
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