-By Gavin Aleogho
“Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach”. Mark 3:14.
Our walk with Christ Jesus should never be an “on” and “off” thing. It is a life that is totally given to God. We don’t take holiday from our walk with Christ. Abiding with Jesus is the primary reason why we are called to be His Disciples at the first place (Mark 3:14).
Just like Ruth never left Naomi even when things where not pleasant. So, we should not leave following and abiding with our Savior Jesus Christ. We should learn to take our stand like Ruth to abide continuously with our Lord.
If we are disconnected from Him who is our source, we are sure to die. It is when we abide that we can get the nutrient needed to bear fruits. For He is our source of strength and nutrients. And one of the signs that shows you are abiding with Christ is when you replicate His lifestyle in your world, by producing fruits of righteousness.
Sin is not the only thing that detaches people from Christ. Wrong priority can severe your relationship with Jesus. As good as Religious Activities, it could be a hindrance to your walk with God. When religious activities replace your top priority rather than growing an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, it becomes a distraction.
We ought to realize that religious activities does not equate abiding with Christ. Like Martha, you could be busy in a Church. You could be busy in the choir, usher and even in the deacon or pastoral board but yet, you have missed the most needful thing; a personal relationship with Jesus should have been your topmost priority.
Jesus says, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me… If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:4, 6-7.