intimate dependence:day three

[Read & meditate on John 15.1-17. The idea of remaining or abiding is the idea of being united with Jesus, being one in heart, mind and will. Maybe this is all an unpacking of Mark 12.30. How can you find yourself in this place with Jesus?]

If I really want to be united in heart, mind and will with Jesus, I have to know his heart, mind and will. The best way to do this is to spend time with him, to observe him, to listen to him and to live out what I learn. I have to believe that his way of life, his purposes, his attitudes are the best possible ways to embrace. Maybe I need to reorient myself around him on a daily basis. I have to be involved in a holistic relationship with him, where he and his ways are my priority. This certainly isn’t easy, because I have lived much of my life developing the habit of putting myself where Jesus belongs. Like any good relationship, it takes time and intentionality.