Day 197: July 16, 2013

Today's Reading(s)

John 15 Read Online
John 16 Read Online


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Today's Reflection

Key Verse(s)

"…Abide in my love."
—John 15:9b (NKJV)

"...a little while, and you will see me."
—John 16:16b

Hang In There For a Little While
by Peggy Overbey, Member of Brentwood Campus

God is not confined to churches on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights. Your
home is a sacred place, the shopping mall is a sacred place, the streets you walk,
the lunch with friends and sports events are a few of the places God abides and
ought to be sanctuaries for us as we abide in Him who abides in us...wherever we
are.

Jesus and the disciples have been in the upper room for what we call "The Last
Supper". They were probably very aware at this time that Jesus' death was near
and they had been told by Jesus that He does what the Father tells Him to do so
the world will know that He loved the Father. It would do us well to remember
that we should live such a life!

"Rise, let us go from here". Jesus was the leader but He had a bit more to say
before leaving the room. "I am the true vine", He says and then follows a word
that has filled my heart for weeks. As the agriculture lecture begins (I grew up on
a farm), one word that Jesus used over and over played with my mind and
lifestyle for weeks as I pondered this section of scripture...ABIDE. "Abide in me
and I in your!" Jesus said. A branch must ABIDE in the vine to bear fruit. I must
ABIDE in Jesus, The Vine, or my branches will not bear fruit. If I don't ABIDE I'm
worthless, there is no fruit, there is no spiritual growth.

If I ABIDE and His words ABIDE in me, I will glorify the Father, and be less inclined
to things out of harmony with His will. Because God loved Jesus, Jesus loves me
and I ABIDE in His love. Since I ABIDE in Jesus' love I will try to please Him in all
that I do. Because Jesus set the example for me by keeping His Father's
commandments and abiding in His love we can also have the joy that the Father gives when we honor his son…SO. DO. YOU. GET. IT? ABIDE IN JESUS.

What happens then…"You are my friends if you do what I command you to do".
(John 15:14)

My husband and I often ate at Shoney's. A new manager came to the restaurant,
a fine gentleman from another culture, fairly new to our country. We talked to
him often and became acquainted with him. I told him about a yard sale we were
going to have and invited him to bring his wife and little girl before the sale to see
if there were things they would like. His smile was a mile wide. They came and
we visited and talked and laughed and as they loaded their car and prepared to
leave he turned to us and said, "Now we are friends because we have been to
your home." I wept when he left. What a great gift for such a small invite.

Dear Ones, Jesus has called us friends and there is a place prepared for us by the
Father where we will feel at home with Jesus. Jesus continues to tell us that God
will send a helper to get us through this life...I don't know about you but I can use
all the help I can get. Jesus was encouraging His beloved friends and followers
because He knew what was ahead and the sorrow His death would bring. He said,
ABIDE IN ME.

The next words that have filled my mind for weeks are "a little while". Jesus
starts His "little whiles" in John 16:16. "A little while, you will see me no longer,
and again a little while, and you will see me." Now I am like the disciples, "What
is this, 'little while not seeing' and 'a little while seeing', what in this world does
He mean by "a little while'? Count the "little whiles", read them over again.

I grew up with a wonderful Father, but a man of few words. I'll never forget the
words that meant the most to me from his lips besides, "I love you, Peggy." As a
teen ager when sad and later going through a divorce he would put his arms
around and say, "I'll be alright in a little while." He added a little extra during the
break-up of my marriage. His health was poor and walking was difficult so he
would drive into my driveway in his farm truck, blow the horn and as I went out to
see him, he would give me that hug through the truck window and say "Are you
OK, it'll be alright in a little while: then he would hand me a candy bar and leave.

You see, my earthly Father followed our Heavenly Father in showing me a father's
love. Jesus said to His friends, "for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God." (John16:27)

Finally the disciples "got it". Jesus was speaking plainly and He encouraged them
to "take heart because He had overcome the world and "it would be all right in a
little while."

Just a Little While
E. M. Bartlett
James 4:14

Soon this life will all be over,
And our pilgrimage will end.
Soon we'll take our heav’nly journey,
Be at home again with friends
Heaven's gates are standing open
Waiting for our entrance there
Some sweet day we're going over
All the beauties there to share.

Just a Little while to stay here
Just a little while to wait
Just a little while to labor
In the path that’s always straight
Just a little more of trouble
In this low and sinful state
Then we’ll enter Heaven’s portals,
Sweeping thru the pearly gates.

Soon we’ll see the light of morning
Then the new day will begin
Soon we’ll hear the Father calling,
“Come my children, enter in.”
Then we’ll hear a choir of angels
Singing out the vict’ry song,
All our troubles will be ended
And we’ll live with heaven’s throng

Just a Little while to stay here
Just a little while to wait
Just a little while to labor
In the path that’s always straight
Just a little more of trouble
In this low and sinful state
Then we’ll enter Heaven’s portals,
Sweeping thru the pearly gates.

Soon we’ll meet again our loved ones
And we’ll take them by the hand,
Soon we’ll press them to our bosom
Over in the promised land;
Then we’ll be at home forever,
Thru-out all eternity,
What a blessed, blessed morning
That eternal morn shall be.

Just a Little while to stay here
Just a little while to wait
Just a little while to labor
In the path that’s always straight
Just a little more of trouble
In this low and sinful state
Then we’ll enter Heaven’s portals,
Sweeping thru the pearly gates.

Copyright 1921 by E.M. Bartlett. Copyright renewed 1949 by Albert E. Brumley & Sons.

Reflection Questions

  1. Count the "abides" and write out that many ways you can abide in Jesus
    now.
  2. Why do you think Jesus was so repetitive in His conversation with His
    friends?
  3. Recount some "little whiles" in your life...write them down and how you
    dealt with them.
  4. Think of someone you know who would benefit from a visit from you for a
    "little while".

About the Author

Peggy Overbey

Since 1977, Peggy has been a member of Brentwood Baptist. She’s worked with and helped establish the Benevolence Ministry, taught Sunday School for students and adults, and was involved in the Women’s Ministry and their Bible studies. She was on the organizing board and also volunteered with GraceWorks Ministry, a ministry partner of Brentwood Baptist. In her free time, Peggy loves gardening and enjoys spending time with friends and sharing God's word.