Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me..”
(John 15:4 The Message)
Happy New Year! There are two places I go to when I am tired physically. The first is the gym. It “wakes” me up like nothing else! I may arrive dreading the treadmill or the bicycle, but I come out fully charged and positive, ready to change the world! The other place is Perth, my ultimate chill-out place. There, I rest quietly in a house doing nothing much; just reading, jogging along the riverbank, chatting with Nancy, sitting in a café watching the swans swim by, or catching up with my daughter or friends for evening meals. These two places never fail to revive me! What’s the secret? Both the gym and Perth are secret “hiding places” for me to “abide” in Him.
Here’s how it works. In the gym, I meditate on the Bible verses and chapters of the Bible as I run. For example, I mentally go through chapter after chapter of Luke or the Acts of the Apostles, trying to recall what each chapter is about and what are the lessons there. This way, I disengage from the monotony of the exercise. Sometimes, I bring my page-Bible there to read as I work out on the stationary bike. Gradually, I become aware of the Lord’s presence, I “feel” Him near, I hear Him “speak”, I “know” His love, and when I finish, I am refreshed spiritually, mentally, and physically… its an amazing feel.
When I am in Perth, the house is so quiet. Reading, meditating, writing, and reflecting are easy. Solitude is my friend and fasting is not unnatural. I may think about Him first thing in the morning. I usually dwell on him before I tuck in for the night. A great deal gets done. Do you have a secret place you go to? Jesus said, unless we learn to “live” in Him, we won’t go deep, and we can’t bear fruit. We need to be joined to Him. Make it your goal this year. Let’s make it our focus in Skyline: His presence throughout 2019.
Philip Lyn 医生牧师