Doing my Bible study homework last week, a question popped up. It asked something like what does it mean for the word of Christ to dwell richly in you?
My mind immediately paused on the word dwell. It’s living. Staying. Abiding.
Webster’s online defines dwell as to remain for a time, exist, live, to live as a resident or keep the attention directed.
That word reminds me of this verse that keeps popping up in my life. As a blog comment, on a card from a friend, in an email, it’s a verse that’s on my mind lately. It’s in John and that’s convenient since I’m reading John right now.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. John 15:5 The Message
When I went to study John 15, I found that I love the imagery The Message uses. You see, I haven’t been a raving fan of the organic in my lifetime. I can appreciate a good homegrown vegetable as much as the next person but when I tried to go organic a few years ago, I couldn’t pay my grocery bill so I decided maybe it wasn’t all that.
But today, I like organic. In an effort to become healthier, stave off cancer forever and just honor God with my food choices, I’ve decided to try organic once again. Just last week, I found myself at the health food store trying to learn as much as possible about the benefits of organic foods, live grains and sprouted breads. Me, the girl who used to think Snickers was its own food group and a nutritious lunch simply because it has some nutty protein.
I learned that sometimes organic is worth it. When trying to keep cancer far away, organic is a good thing. When trying to boost my immune system, organic is a good thing. When trying to honor God with my body, organic is a good thing. The cost might be a little higher but the knowing what I’m consuming is priceless.
I’ve learned things like organic comes from living organisms, ripens unaided on its own and has no artificial additives or preservatives, nothing added. Isn’t that the type of relationship we want with Jesus? Living. Real. Pure.
I want to focus daily, hourly, minutely on living as one with Jesus and His words. John 15 also says it’s the words of Christ, His message that prunes us and trims clean every branch so that it will produce more fruit, an abundant harvest.
Today as I take a bite out of my organic apple with hummus, I’ll thank God for a relationship with Him and I’ll direct my attention to His word. With every crunch of my apple, I’ll chew on the words of John 15.
Now that’s organic and worth it!
“I am the Real Vine…You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken…When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant…Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love…I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature…You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you…to bear fruit.” Selections from John 15:1-8 The Message