Remain in me: Audio Devotional

So… I think Christmas happened before I could get this post on and now I’m finally getting back into the swing of things! Such a busy few weeks right? This post was almost ready before Christmas so while you are listening you can picture a busy holiday weekend.

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Did you have busy holidays? Quiet holidays? We had so much on our minds over the holidays ( more info to come) and my family and house has gotten a little more focus but I’m ready to share with you again! May this post bless you and as always, share if you know someone who may like it!

Happy New Year!

 

John 15:4-5

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. whoever it is that abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit for apart from me you can do nothing.”

 

This morning I woke up to get coffee and see several large trucks pull into our driveway.

Out stepped men in work boots, boys in cowboy boots and several warm Carharrt jackets. These were farmers, country boys: but to us they were community.

Last Sunday my husband announced to the other young couples that he would be fixing the barn roof this weekend and could use some help. We expected a couple extra hands.

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Instead, here I am running around the kitchen trying to get coffee ready for an army and heading out to buy cinnamon rolls for this crew. We are so thankful.

My thanks go beyond the favor. You see, this is something I’d hoped for a long time. No, not our Barn roof being fixed.

I longed for community.

I longed to live life with others. Perhaps people aren’t quite the same but they are a part of each other in a way that protects and honors and serves.

In our culture this longing for community goes far beyond my own desires. People use Facebook as a tool to message and talk and laugh, we use texting as a way of connecting and clubs as a way to be around people.

We don’t want to do life alone.

In verse four of John 15 Jesus talks about a two-way relationship. Usually, when I hear this verse I think of how I need to do more or try to be with him more but that’s not the point. I think it starts with remembering that He is here. It says he abides here!

Matthew 1:23

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
The Christmas season is a wonderful time to realize that the coming of Jesus was first. My actions to be good enough, be with him enough, accomplish enough are simply nothing. We don’t have the ability to be enough. Only he does. He, the perfec tlamb, made the move to imperfect ol’ me.

Isaiah 64:6

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
Let me tell you, it’s a little humbling when people show up at your doorstep ready to work for you. They didn’t ask for pay. They didn’t ask for food. I’m the one that feels like I need to make this worth the time for our workers! I feel like I owe them the world for helping us with our problems.
The same is true in my connection to Christ. He came here expecting nothing. He gave everything.
Let me be a little blunt with you:

Just open the door.

Jesus is here, he’s wanting to be with you. No. you will never make it worth it for him.
He just wants community with you.
So, in your day, while the kids are screaming, pause and say thank you. When you’re driving on the road and anxiety overcomes you, still yourself and say “I choose to trust you” for that is abiding. It is letting him into the mess. It’s wanting to serve him but realizing it will never make you “even” because he just wants to be with you!
Merry Christmas, Happy New year and Joyful new beginnings!

-Krista

 

 

 


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