John 15:4a “Remain in me, as I also remain in you.”

The word translated “remain” in this verse is the Greek word meno and appears 12 times in this chapter. It means to remain or abide. It can mean to be held or kept continually. It refers to never departing. It means to endure and to live. It also means to be one and can mean to wait for. What a great picture Jesus paints for us. Abide in me, hold onto me, I will never leave you, I will live in you, we are one, and I will always wait for you. Wow!

I love the New Living Translation for there is a promise in this verse. “Remain in me, and I will remain in you.” Jesus promises us that He will remain in us. He is promising that He will hold onto us and never depart from us. That He will endure through life with us. He committed to that oneness with us.

Our part is to remain in Him. When life throws you a curve ball, remain in Him. When you’re down to your last dime, remain in Him. When there seems like no hope, remain in Him. When people say your crazy for holding on to Jesus, hold on to Him. When everyone else has abandoned their faith, endure til the end. Life will try to shake you loose from your hold on Jesus. The enemy wants nothing more than for us to drift away from Christ. Don’t let it happen!