Abiding in God is the secret of Christian life. It is
therefore essential for us to learn how to abide in Him. Both Old and New
Testament authors have emphasized the importance of abiding in God; for such is
the secret of walking with Him. Indeed, let us notice that Moses, Joshua and
Caleb in Old Testament times and the apostle John in New Testament times have
laid stress on that fact.
How, then, can we abide in God? It is not by our human
effort but by the mercy of God. He has made the provision and the possibility
of our abiding in Him. First, God gave us His Son, the Lord Jesus, to make it
possible to abide in Him. And then He sent His Holy Spirit to abide in us so as
to make it possible for us to experience this blessed abiding. Accordingly, we
as the recipients of this blessed abiding must continually thank God for the
Spirit's blessed abiding in us.
It is therefore essential for us to learn the secret of how
to abide in God. It requires us to give up our self-life in order that we may
experience this abiding life. May all of us be willing to do so.