It is very clear that Jesus put the test to those who believed Him, “If you abide [remain or stay] in My word, you are truly My disciples” (John 8:31). The construction of this sentence is important. The verb “abide” and subject “My word” and “My disciple” cannot be separated. In other words, you cannot be a disciple of Jesus without having His Word and that Word remains or stays in you.
Many say they are a follower of Jesus, but their actions and life prove the opposite. Further down in this chapter, Jesus confronted those who claimed to be children of Abraham, “yet you seek to kill Me because My word has no place in you” (8:37). If the Word of God has a place in our lives because we allow it to “remain and stay” there, then our actions and obedience will prove that it has found a home in our hearts (Psalm 119:11).
Jesus makes this connection again in John 15; “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (15:7). Since the Word of God reveals the will of God, and if it abides in us, then our requests in prayer will line up with the revealed will of God in His Word.
Are you a true disciple? Are you spending time in His Word, asking the Holy Spirit to make it transform your life to show the world you are a true follower? According to Paul, the best sacrifice is “being transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Romans 12:2). This requires God’s Word.
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