God gives an incredible promise to those who abide: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). We coincide this with what psalmist says in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart” and we realize that when you delight completely in the Lord, He plants the right desires in your heart. Abiding in Christ means He becomes our desire and his desires become ours.
We continue with the question:
Do you know anything of living the life of habitual fellowship with Christ?
Fellowship with Christ is different. It is something experienced by those who strive constantly to grow in grace: in faith, knowledge, conformity to Christ’s will in everything. It is experienced by those who ‘press toward the goal’ (Phil. 3:14). The great secret of fellowship is to be always living by faith in Christ, and continually drawing from Him all the resources that we need. The Apostle Paul could say, ‘For to me, to live is Christ’ (Phil. 1:21), and ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me’ (Gal. 2:20). This kind of fellowship is perfectly consistent with a deep conviction of our own sins and corruption. It does not deliver us from the experience described in the seventh chapter of Romans. But it does enable us to look away from ourselves to the Lord Jesus, and to rejoice in Him.J.C. Ryle, Walking with God (Abridged and simplified version of Practical Religion)
But it does not end with simply a delight in God. This delight and rest in God leads to a surrender of our own will to His. A surrender to trust and submit to God. And this is where we can begin to experience of being secured in Christ.
Submit to the pruning knife of God as He cuts away all disloyalty and things that are unimportant, in order that we might abide in Christ all the more wholeheartedly.
Paul recognized this in his life. He said in Romans 15:18, “For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me.” He did not tell people how good he was at preaching or evangelism. His identity and worth was not in how good he was or what he accomplished. He recognized that everything of value in his life was from God. In Galatians 2:20 he says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” He knew God was the one who did it all.
The one who abides in Christ bears fruit. God is glorified in the fruit that you bear because He is the One who made it grow. At the same time, your purpose of life is fulfilled because God is glorified. And so the one who abides and glorifies God experiences a fullness of joy just as Jesus says in verse 11, “These things I have spoken to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
When we abide in Christ, we find security, we find peace knowing that it is God’s will to receive the glory, and through we are filled with His joy and experience fullness of joy.
God wants us to be consumed with joy, but few Christians are. Some people think the Christian life is a bitter religious pill. But God has designed it for our joy. It is when we violate God’s design that we lose our joy. If we abide fully, we will have fullness of joy, God’s joy.
This joy found in abiding in Christ is unaffected by external circumstances, persecution, or even mistakes and disappointments of life. Let us abide in Jesus today and be united with Christ, bearing the fruit of Christ, delighting in Christ, and being secured through Christ.