“To dwell and never leave.” That’s the name of this blog. But what does that mean?
In John 15, Jesus talks about a vine and branches as a metaphor for how we as His followers are to relate to Him.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. – John 15:4
We cannot live apart from Christ. It is only through His strength that we can succeed. That’s why He told His disciples to abide (the word the KJV uses) in Him. What does abide mean? It means to live in. To be a part of. It means to dwell.
Dwell has a few different meanings. The first simply means to live, referring to a specific place. The second, to dwell upon something, carries the idea of thinking about or focusing on something for a long time.
Abiding—dwelling—is a continual thing. It’s not reading your Bible “when you feel like it,” or just going to church on Sundays to get your “fill up” for the week. It’s living. It’s every day. It’s all day.
But it’s more than just continuing to breathe. Dwelling is, at its heart, a choice. You choose what you dwell on and what you dwell in. These verses tell us how to dwell, how to choose.
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love. – John 15:10a
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8
“To dwell and never leave”—this is a hope. A prayer. That my life may be characterized by dwelling in Christ, one choice at a time. May I always return to Christ when I wander, never leaving Him for good.
I pray this place will be an encouragement as I share what I’ve been dwelling on and chronicle my journey of choosing to dwell in Jesus day by day.
Inspired by the song “At Your Feet” by Casting Crowns.