the beginning

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I was preparing to teach bible study, and my text to cover was John 8:31-59.  The passage begins,  “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Jesus’ challenge to these people was clearly to move beyond believing to being disciples.  What is the key to making this move?  He said to hold to His teaching.  The word “hold” in this verse means to abide, to remain, to continue.  The word “teaching” literally means His spoken and revealed word.  It is the Greek word logos that we see in John 1:1.

So we are to abide in His word.  I’ve seen this concept before in scripture.  Abide in Him.  Abide in His love.  It means to stay… continue…be fed…be connected to Him.

And then a new level of understanding came to me.  God directed my attention to my ever-growing belly.  Twenty-one weeks worth of baby brewing in there.  He wants me to abide in Him and His word… just like a babe in its mother’s womb.  The baby is kept for nine months, fed every moment, is virtually unaware of the world outside the womb, grows everyday, is being prepared for a purpose.

So that’s me.  A babe in the Father’s womb.  (Before you freak out over the gender association… check out Isaiah 66:13 and Luke 13:34. )  I want to abide in Him.  Let Him keep me close.  Let Him nurture me each day.  Let Him prepare me for His purposes.

The womb is a good place to be.

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