What does abiding in Christ look like? First, the believer must be an avid follower of Jesus. He or she must understand that Jesus isn’t “SEASONAL,” therefore their abiding in Him shouldn’t be. Second, the believer understands that he or she is to live a perpetually “joyful” life. In other words, they’re not just happy when that new vehicle or (financial) promotion comes or when that relative… is acting right, etc. etc.
Abiding in Christ is understanding that Jesus is in us, and we are in Him. And if He’s in us, then He’s in our tests, tribulations or circumstances. And if for instance, He’s in our circumstances, then we shouldn’t be trying to rebuke it. Because if we do this, we’ll end up missing out on our spiritual elevation or miss our favor by default, with the possibility of recurring circumstances, but with a different face!
Circumstances, whether difficult, harsh, challenging or otherwise occur so that the Holy Spirit can teach us how to respond…like Jesus would! We are to ask, seek, and knock for Holy Spirit’s help when negativity raises its head, opposed to handling matters ourselves as in being self-sufficient.
Abiding in Christ is a spiritually progressive process. During this process, the fruit of the Spirit flourishes. The outcome is spiritual maturity which if we continue to abide, we will advance from glory to glory, in the things of God. This is an example of what the Kingdom culture of abiding looks like. Abiding belongs to us. It’s a part of our our yes and amen promises. It’s a part of our favor! Kingdom abiding is total dependency on Jesus in us! AHAHAHA! What better way to look like Christ than the world.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:4