1 John 2:28-29: And now, little children, abide in Him

28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that when[f] He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.  1 John 2:28-29

We are told multiple times in God’s word to abide in Him.  The Lord is coming soon and He is coming for a bride who is spotless and without blemish.  He is returning for a people who daily prepare their hearts for His soon return.  The apostle John speaks of having confidence at His returning and not being ashamed.  The only reason we would be ashamed is if we were spending our days living in sin.

Jesus has called us to a life of righteousness and obedience.  His righteousness is applied to our lives when we come to faith in Him which enables us to draw near to God with confidence and without fear.  But we are also called to live our that righteousness on a daily basis.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit should fill our lives and this is only possible as we abide in Him.

We are transformed from the inside out and it is impossible to be transformed if we are failing to abide in Him.  A decision to follow Christ is a decision to give Him our lives.  It is not a decision to casually follow Christ or only draw near to God when we desire to have a good time or fun.  There is a great price to be paid in following Jesus.  But as we abide in Him it is the Holy Spirit who will enable us to do all things.

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