I have good news. Abide is a verb!!!
Seriously, it is!
Do you know what that means? That means that when we are abiding we are doing something! When we decide to ignore the To Do list and turn off all electronic devices and sit on the carpet and think about Jesus we are doing something!
When we choose to say no to the committee, and let someone else bake the 500 cupcakes for the school fundraiser so we can spend time soaking in God’s word… we are doing something!
We are not being unproductive when we abide!!!
We are not being unproductive when we sit in silence longing for Him to speak to us.
We are not being unproductive when we turn up the worship music and dance like crazy.
We are not being unproductive when we fall on the floor and sob our eyes out.
We are not being unproductive when we drive the long way home to steal a glimpse of His creation.
As a matter of fact… abiding might very well be the most productive thing we will ever do.
But abiding requires us to reposition ourselves. We cannot go full steam ahead every waking moment and abide. Abiding requires us to say no to things that would distract us. Abiding requires us to come to grips with the fact that God doesn’t want our accomplishments… He just wants us! He wants us to come, to sit, to rest, to love.
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what He taught. But Martha was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn't it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary had discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 NLT
Mary discovered it—the one thing worth being concerned about.
Lord, let me discover it too!