Faithful, caring, hardworking, giving, easy to talk to, intelligent, funny, moral, trustworthy – this is my dad. When I was young I was happy to follow my dad and watch what he was doing. I would rake leaves with him in the yard, sing songs with him while playing the piano, and play with toys on the floor while he sat in the chair reading the newspaper. I just wanted to be with him. And he enjoyed being with me also.
I still enjoy his company and miss being farther away from him now. We talk on the phone at times and I savor any written words on a card he and my mom send.
Abiding with Christ is the same but so much more. I desire to know the One who loves me so much to give his life for me. Someone I can talk with, who is faithful and who keeps His promises. He protects me, provides for me, cares for me and just enjoys me because I am His. It isn’t a chore to abide with Christ. It is a pleasure because I know Him. Jesus said:
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest… I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:14-15
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
There is a traditional gospel song that has been sung by numerous artists that says it well:
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
I am weak, but Thou art strong,
Jesus, keep me from all wrong,
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
I am happy to walk with Jesus, to abide with Him, to bear “fruit” that says I am His. Do you know him? Are you happy to abide with Him daily?