“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 15:7
It would be very easy to go on a tangent that most prosperity teachers go on when confronting these words of Jesus. That tangent would be focusing asking for what you desire and it being done for you. While this isn’t something to neglect it isn’t the main thing. Yes God wants to bless us. Yes God wants to do amazing things in and through us. What is the main thing in this verse? It’s the word “abide”.
“Abide” means to remain, not to depart, to continue to be, to wait for. Jesus tells us to abide in Him. The focus of our lives ought to be Him. Everything in our lives ought to be in Him. There ought to be no difference between sacred and secular. Everything is sacred. Live in Christ.
Next Jesus tells us that His words are to abide in us. Jesus spoke commandments. He spoke encouragement. He spoke correction. He spoke instruction. How do we get His words to abide in us? What does that mean? In many other places Jesus calls His words, and indeed Himself, the bread of live. You eat bread. You consume it. It goes into you and feeds your body. That’s what we need to do with His word, the Bible. With all the technology we have to day you can read it, you can listen to it, you can watch it, you can memorize it, there are all kinds of ways to get it into you. If you get it into you, it will feed you, just like bread. Most people eat food everyday, We need to “eat” God’s word everyday.
What do iPods have to do with this? I think every Christian ought to have an MP3 player. Why? Because you can get the Bible on CD and “rip” it into your computer, put it on your iPod, and listen to it anywhere. You can even get the Bible in MP3 format. In addition to God’s word, you can get great Bible teaching in MP3 format. Over the last two years I have listened through the Bible twice. Once through the text of the Bible and again listening to one of my favorite teachers teach verse-by-verse through the Bible. True I used to spend 4-6 hours in the car everyday, but we all have time in our day where we can listen to God’s word so that it abides in us. You can do it while you exercise, while you go to work, in some cases while you are at work, you might even give up your favorite TV show and listen to a couple of chapters a night. Get an MPr player. You can get them for around $100. It will be a tremendous spiritual investment.
Here is the pay off. As Jesus said, if we abide in Him, and His words abide in us, guess what kids of things we will desire? Instead of desiring things that feed our flesh like new cars, clothes, computers, etc., you will desire the things you have been learning from Jesus. You will desire the things He wants for you and of course, He will do those things for you. See? In the proper context, when you look at this verse in its entirety, you see that it isn’t about what you want or your flesh wants, it’s about growing in Him.