LORD JESUS CHRIST, WITH US ABIDE
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this, My Father is glorified”
– 1 John 15:7
What does it mean to abide in Christ? Does it mean that you literally carry Jesus everywhere you go?
Oh yes! I know some people are waiting for the next line to be a “no” but yes, you have to carry Jesus everywhere. That means trying as much as possible to be like Christ, in character, holiness, kindness, obedience, doing God’s will and striving towards your calling.
The trick is, when you carry Christ everywhere you go, Christ is the one actually carrying you. Yes, the word of God says no one is saved by grace so you cannot actually carry Christ by your power but He carries you, making His grace sufficient to divinely supply the strenght you need to pull through in a fallen world, thereby meeting all your needs, be it spiritual, physical, material, amongst others. And by this, your life glorifies God.
This is the will of God, that we let Jesus abide with us. Join me this morning as we sit at the coffee table with Jesus in fellowship rendering this hymn and bringing Jesus into our lives afresh. Click the title below to get the hymn’s melody.
Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide,
For round us falls the eventide;
Nor let Thy Word, that heav’nly light,
For us be ever veiled in night.
In these last days of sore distress
Grant us, dear Lord, true steadfastness
That pure we keep, till life is spent,
Thy holy Word and sacrament.
Lord Jesus, help, Thy Church uphold,
For we are sluggish, thoughtless, cold.
Oh, prosper well Thy Word of grace
And spread its truth in every place!
Oh, keep us in Thy Word, we pray;
The guile and rage of Satan stay!
Oh, may Thy mercy never cease!
Give concord, patience, courage, peace.
O God, how sin’s dread works abound!
Throughout the earth no rest is found,
And falsehood’s spirit wide has spread,
And error boldly rears its head.
The haughty spirits, Lord, restrain
Who o’er Thy Church with might would reign
And always set forth something new,
Devised to change Thy doctrine true.
And since the cause and glory, Lord,
Are Thine, not ours, to us afford
Thy help and strength and constancy,
With all our heart we trust in Thee.
A trusty weapon is Thy Word,
Thy Church’s buckler, shield, and sword.
Oh, let us in its power confide
That we may seek no other guide!
Oh, grant that in Thy holy Word
We here may live and die, dear Lord;
And when our journey endeth here,
Receive us into glory there