On Abiding - If you're saved, you're doing it just fine (1 John 4:15)

"Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God." - 1 John 4:15

I wrote a post just recently about abiding. I've been reading 1 John and been impressed with how much it addresses the topic. I realize that I missed the point in my last post and this is something that in learned has impacted me before.

If we confess that Jesus in the Son of God (basically if we're saved) then God abides in us and us in Him. That's it. That's all it takes. And if that is all it takes then we as believers are abiding, right now. And there is nothing more we can do to abide in God.

Again for me this was made clear in Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret where he talks about abiding in the Lord. Someone asked him if he had to always be aware of his own abiding in the Lord in order to continue abiding. His answer was something along the lines of, "If you stay in a friends house overnight and for a while forget where you are, does that mean you cease to be in his house? Of course not."

Basically it's the same thing. We don't have to work hard at abiding. We are. We are in God and God is in us. Awesome.

I'm gonna go relax a bit in God.