This past weekend I was honored to serve at our Women’s Spring Conference at Calvary Chapel in Oceanside. Our theme for this conference was ABIDE and I feel like I am still relishing from all that God poured into us. As I sat listening to our warm, funny and very relatable speaker Donna Jones, she reminded us that GOD CHOSE US.
John 15:5 says “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing”.
It is the vinedressers role to care for the vine and to attend to each of it’s needs. Even to the point of lifting it off the ground and reposition it so that it will bear sweet fruit.
You see, because the real truth of it is ABIDING in CHRIST happens in every moment of everyday life and sometimes that gets messy. It’s in the moments where a phone call comes and a diagnosis has been given that doesn’t make sense. But GOD. It’s not understanding why my children aren’t following Christ, but knowing I get the honor to stand in the gap for them. It’s knowing I serve the GREAT I AM, the keeper of my heart and there is no turning back and I choose to ABIDE no matter the cost in every circumstance of my life. It’s where my roots are deep and I will not be shaken because of CHRIST in me.
Gods love sets us free as we release and align ourselves with the one who is in complete control. May we continue to trust as we ABIDE in CHRIST!