Build An Ark: Letters From the Ranch
Our Busy World
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who
abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can
do nothing. John 15:5
In our busy world, which prides itself on its energy, activity, and productivity,
it is so easy to miss the most precious and most important part of lifeintimately
knowing and loving our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. God purposefully
sent Jesus, His Son, into the world to redeem mankind from its sin and separation
from a holy God, a God who created man for His pleasure and His purposes.
Jesus death upon the cross at Calvary opened the door for us to once
again know our heavenly Father and His love for us, if we believe that He
died for our sins, and that through His shed blood we are made righteous.
Even when in faith we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and are born
again, we can still miss the fulness of His life for us if we are too preoccupied
with the things of this world.
Jesus said that if we were to produce much fruit; fruit that would be
eternal, we had to abide in Him. Abiding in Him means that our whole life
is centered in His will, that everything we do is because His Spirit and
His Word instructs us to do it. This is not an automatic going about life
as usual, but purposefully seeking Him and His will. The encounter that
Jesus had with Martha and Mary, recorded in Luke 10:38-42, reveals that
even in Jesus presence we can be distracted from Him by being worried
and bothered about so many things, as Martha was. Mary, on the other
hand, chose to fix her full attention on Jesus, listening to Him and what
He was saying, and Jesus declared that she had chosen the good part, the
one necessary thing in life, which would not be taken away from her. She
was abiding in His presence, and the result was a deep knowing of Him that
was changing her forever.
We too have the same choice daily. Do we abide in Jesus presence throughout
the course of our day, or are we distracted by the worries and bothers of
this world? Jesus tells us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things that the world so clamors for will be taken care of
for us by our Heavenly Father, because He loves us (Matthew 6:33). He did
not mean that we should not work, or should not have recreation, nor times
of intimate relationship with others, but that we should walk together with
Him in all these things of life, and allow Him to guide us and teach us.
Let us be people who give Jesus first place in everything by abiding in
Him, for He alone is worthy of our devotion (see Colossians 1:18)!