How does a branch bear fruit? It is not by the incessant efforts of the sunlight and air, it is not by struggles … It simply abides by the vine, in silent and undisturbed union, and blossoms and fruit appear as of spontaneous growth – Harriet Beecher Stowe, in her little booklet How to Live on Christ
The Holy Bible has a similar comparison of the relationship between God and Man.
Gospel of John 15:4
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me
Gospel of John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
As humans we and more specifically our spirits desire to live a life that is pleasing to God and to do so, we incline our self to find one teacher or a guru who has set an exemplary life and has pleased God. Life of Jesus is truly exemplary. We know this from the Bible because it says in book of Matthew 3:17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Since Father, the God himself has testified about Jesus, there is no iota of doubt left and we can surely look upon Jesus, his life and teachings as the model to please God.
Jesus in his teachings has shared his view of abiding with God in above verses of John and the example of vine, its branches and fruits very well explain the aspects of this abiding. To abide does not mean to force a stay but the word “abide” primarily means “to remain.” Every human being remains inseparably linked to God in all areas of life. We depend on Him for grace and power to obey. We look obediently to His Word for instruction on how to live. This also means that we need to have faith and trust in the source on whom we are abiding. we are fully dependent on the source to receive and do what we need. Just as the branches that abide in vine fully depend on vine for all the necessary elements it needs and eventually bears the best of fruits so does a man who abide in God bear his fruits and in doing so he pleases God.
While abiding one does not strive or struggle to live. Many times we make this mistake, we begin to abide by God and then we start striving to follow each and every thing God wants us to do and eventually we start struggling to do so and fail in achieving it which results into depression, demotivation and eventually we tend to break away from the vine (God) . An observation is that, such a situation happens because we tend to abide in God but we also want to have our own freedom to choose what we feel is right for us and enjoy the freedom to detach from the vine anytime we wish for and do what pleases us and then get back to attach to the vine. But is this really possible? NO it is not. We need to have confidence and faith on the source that it is self-sufficient to provide all your needs. Bible in Hebrews 11:6 says that And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for him that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
It is good to abide in Him just like a new born child who abides in his mother no matter he is out of the womb, he still blindly abides in his mother, without any doubt or fear. Let us abide in God not with striving and struggling but let’s simply abide in Him.
May God bless you ! Remain abiding in our God.