Monday, January 13, 2003

John 15:4

"Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."
John 15:4

This is cool.  It makes it really clear that our relationship with Christ isn't just a one way thing... he wants us to abide in him, and he abides in us.  The oneness talked about throughout the scriptures.  Like becoming a Zion people, becoming part of Christ as he is part of us.  I think we feel that a little bit with friends and family.  People that we love seem like they are connected to us, like they can't be separated without ripping out part of ourselves.  And that seems (to me) exactly like how we should feel about Christ.  First, because we really WOULD be ripping out part of ourselves, but secondly, because Christ is our friend, our partner in our effort to achieve salvation. :)  He wants to be part of us, and for us to succeed, just as much as, and probably more than, we want to succeed and to be a part of him.  It is a remarkably cool thing to think of us all bound together, being part of each other.  I mean, think of the person you love the most in the world, and what kind of a bond you have with that person... then make that bond more perfect, and multiply it by everyone.... I mean, can you even begin to imagine how amazingly cool that will be? :)  Another reminder that living and learning the gospel is SO incredibly worth it. :)

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