Monday, February 22, 2010

INTIMACY WITH GOD - PART 7 - Married, Separated or Divorced?

If a man abide not in me,
he is cast forth as a branch,
and is withered;
and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:6

You can be a Christian, yet still be cast out from the Vine! How is this possible?

To abide means to remain consistent in attitude, condition or relationship. This implies unity, perseverance and durability. The opposite of abide is to migrate, resist, or reject. It implies that the relationship or condition is periodic, hit-or-miss and lukewarm.

Think of abiding as similar to a marital relationship. If the husband and wife are profoundly intimate with each other on all levels, then their abode – their home – is a sound one. Both the husband and wife work at maintaining their commitment to each other, and as a result their children – the fruit of their union – reflect the security of their parents’ relationship.

However, infidelity, lack of communication and loss of commitment will result in schism. In this case the marriage becomes compromised, and their abode will be filled with tension. Their children, consequently, will reflect the disharmony in the parents’ relationship. If nothing is done to repair the breach, the relationship withers, the husband and wife will gradually separate and they could finally end in the fiery pain of divorce.

When a young Christian does not follow through in his relationship with the Lord, when he does not allow the Word to penetrate and change his life, then the cares of this world can easily beset him. His focus, then, turns from the Lord to himself.

When a seasoned Christian leans on his own maturity; when he no longer seeks the Lord for every detail in his life, then his relationship suffers and separation begins – first slowly and subtly. Paul himself was acutely aware of this danger. This is why he said in 1 Corinthians 9:27, “…But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

Jesus is your Husband, and you are His bride. He is completely committed to you, having shown His unconditional love in the ultimate sacrifice - His death on the Cross as a ransom for your soul. He yearns to be one with you for all eternity. He wants to be your first Love, your only Source, your best Friend, your Provider and Protector – not just in times of need or convenience, but every moment of every day!

It is not the Lord’s desire that any should perish, but He can only be united with those who are solidly rooted and grounded in Him. A migratory, on again-off again, lukewarm relationship with Him will wither and dry up.

I urge you to ask the Holy Spirit to shed His light on any area of your life where you are not firmly abiding in Christ the Vine. As He does so, don’t shun the correction, but rather agree with it and ask the Holy Spirit to enable you to make the necessary changes. It is time for the Body of Christ to abide in Him!

‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. 
I could wish you were cold or hot. 
So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, 
I will vomit you out of My mouth. 
Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, 
and have need of nothing’
—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—
I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, 
that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, 
that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; 
and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. 
Therefore be zealous and repent. 
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. 
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, 
I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 
Revelation 3: 14-20

“See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. 
For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, 
much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven…. 
For our God is a consuming fire.” 
Hebrews 12: 25, 29

2 comments:

  1. Audrey,

    Thanks for explaining to us how Christians are to receive and maintain a loving relationship with Christ.

    This love that Jesus has for us is truly wonderful. He teaches us how to love and to be loved by Him.

    Great job!

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  2. You are never too young or too old "in the Lord" to be reminded of these eternal truths. We all need to check ourselves often for where our allegiance lies. Thanks for the mirror, Audrey.

    LM

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