Choosing Our Own Address: In Christ
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15
These passages suddenly struck me forcibly a few years ago with the thought that I could choose my own address.
I was free. If I felt angered by people, misunderstood, misused, I didn’t have to dwell in that country–of anger, bitterness, grievance and grudge.
I could choose my own address. I could choose to live in Christ, to dwell there.
I can choose to live in Christ,
Like a fish in the ocean,
An anemone in a tidal pool.
A pea in a pod,
A corpuscle in a bloodstream
Sap in the vine
A molecule in a tear-drop
Marrow in the bone
A baby in the womb
I can choose to live in Christ.