Thursday, January 21, 2016

Where Do You Live?

"Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. 
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
John 8:31-32 (NKJV)

Everyone lives somewhere.  Some people live in apartments and some in houses. Some people live in the city and some people live out in the country.  But the fact is that everyone has some place that they call home, the place where they live.  Although a person may travel and visit another place for a while they still have something that they always come back to that they call their home.  There are some places you might visit, and even if you stay in that place for a long period of time, that place is not your home, it is not the place where you really live.

In John 8 Jesus was talking to people who believed in Him and agreed with His teaching.  Jesus told them that if they really wanted to be His disciples then there was something that they had to do.  Jesus said to be a disciple, to follow Him, a person had to "abide" in His Word.  The word "abide" in this verse means "to stay".  This means that no matter what else may be going on in your life, no matter what else you may be involved in, you always come back to God's Word and always go first to the Word for whatever questions or concerns you have in life; that is what it means to abide in the Word.

Jesus said being a disciple means to stay in is His Word.  Was Jesus talking about building a house out of Bibles, building something to look like a Bible, or wallpapering your home with Scriptures?  No, what Jesus meant is that the place we live our life, what we always come back to, is the Word.  A disciple of Jesus is someone who lives a life that is governed by the Word of God and no matter what they do in their life they will always come back to the Bible.  Are you a true disciple of Jesus?  The answer depends on where you live.

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