How do I remain?

re·main (rəˈmān)

  • continue to exist, especially after other similar or related people or things have ceased to exist
  • stay in the place that one has been occupying
  • continue to possess a particular quality or fulfill a particular role.

The word remain appears 10 times in John 15:1-17 (NLT). Jesus uses it seven times to encourage us to remain in Him and three times to remain in His love [1].

What does it mean? To remain.

First, remaining is not instantaneous. I cannot remain in a moment. I remain over time. Jesus wants relationship. Relationship with you. This takes time. He wants to be intricately woven into the fabric of your day and life. He wants to teach you love. Just as He was taught by His Father.

Second, we have a model for remain. We are each a son or daughter. With my children, I see me in them. In their preferences, their outlook, their decisions. I see this because I taught them through both my words and actions (some good, some bad). They’ve watched me to learn life. I am in them because we share relationship. They are also in me. I think of them first and always.

So, …

How do I remain in Jesus, in His love? I think the answer is straightforward, but not simple. I remain by deciding to do so. I go to Him each day, high or low, good or bad. I invite Him into my life and give Him the run of the place. I study His Word and learn His ways. When I love others as I am loved by Him, I remain. I continue. When I fail, I remain. I accept correction. In all circumstances, I remain.

Remain, friend. I know you can.

1. The numbers 10, 7, and 3 are all used to represent completeness in the Bible. Jesus and His love are complete.

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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