In John chapter 14, we see Jesus speak a very popular verse in scripture,
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” – John 14:15, ESV
In this context, Jesus was explaining the promise of the Holy Spirit – that if we abide in him, he will abide in us through the Spirit.
These are Jesus’s exact words in John chapter 15,
“Abide in me, and I in you.” – John 15:4, ESV
In this chapter, Jesus talks about the idea that he is the vine and we are the branches connected to the vine. He uses a vine to illustrate our nature – that if we stay connected to him, we will remain fruitful, but if we disconnect ourselves from him, we will wither away and die.
“Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5, ESV
What Jesus is really talking about here is obeying the will of God.
Yes I said it – obedience. Let’s talk about this word for a little bit.
In the dictionary, obedience means to comply with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.
When Jesus walked the earth, he was constantly talking about obeying the will of his father, and how he only did what he saw his father in heaven doing. What was he really talking about here? Jesus was talking about obeying the will of God.
Now how many of us actually do that?
A common misconception among believers is that if we ask God our requests in Jesus’s name, that he will give us whatever we ask. Is this true? Well, yes and no.
Let’s go to the scriptures for deeper clarification:
In John chapter 15, Jesus states,
“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, ESV
Jesus specifically states that we must abide in him – this is abiding in the will of the father. If you are not obeying the will of God you will not get the blessings of God. For every promise of God, there is an active participation on our part in cooperation with his will.
The children of Israel faced this truth when they disobeyed God in the wilderness after he had delivered them from slavery. Instead of trusting God through the process, they served and created idols for themselves. Due to their disobedience, that generation died off in the wilderness, and the next generation made it into the promise land.
We can relate to the children of Israel in many ways:
- God delivers us.
- God snatches us from death’s hands and places us on solid ground.
- Due to us having to go through the process of the wilderness, we turn to what we know instead of trusting God.
When Jesus spoke those words in John chapter 15, he was reminding us of a very important principle – obey God’s will.
To abide in Jesus means to abide in God’s will.
It is not a chore to obey God, but a choice. When we abide in Jesus, we abide in God’s will, and whatever we ask in Jesus’s name, God will give it to us through his precious Holy Spirit. This is the true communication between man and God.
When we obey God’s will, we show him that we love him and that we trust that he knows what’s best for us. It is not an easy thing to obey God. However, grace gives us the means to do this. Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God. God gives us his grace to follow him, and to trust him, and to do what is right.
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
Do you love Jesus?
We show Jesus our love by keeping his commandments, and abiding in his love and in the will of the father.
Grace and peace fam.
God bless you.