‘Last Supper Lessons’ Meditations: 21. Abiding
Jn 15:7“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
We have, in the previous study, started to think about this subject of ‘remaining in me’ or, as older versions had it, ‘abiding in me’ and we saw it in the context of being fruitful. But Jesus goes on to explain more how that works. We are fruitful by being in harmony with Jesus, looking to him as his disciples, and that involves talking to him about what we are doing, seeking both his guidance and his power. It is in this context that he talks about asking ‘whatever you wish’ and he will do it for us. We need to think some more about that.
Ask whatever you will and it will be done for you?????????? Amazing. Hold on, note the condition: IF you remain in me, if your heart is knit with my heart (e.g. David 1 Sam 13:14, Acts 13:22), your mind seeking my mind and my Father’s will and His glory, then you will appreciate what I want to achieve and so when you pray in order to do my revealed will, then it WILL be done for you. THIS is what it means to bear fruit, letting him bring about through you his purposes. Wow, that needs some thinking about doesn’t it!
Back in chapter 14 we saw something very similar: “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it,” (14:14) and we looked back a couple of verses and saw, “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.” (14:12) Fruitfulness by another name! Actually it is fruitfulness in the name of Jesus.
Imagine you were employed in a high quality restaurant to serve the customers. The owner of the restaurant would first of all instruct you on the nature and quality of the restaurant and the very high quality of the service he or she expected you to provide. Thus in everything you said or did with the customers, you would have the owner in the back of your mind, their expectation of you and of the superb service they wanted for their customers. Not only would you carry out the practicalities of the job in a good manner, but the way you treated the clients would also be working to make them feel special and all-important. Everything about you reflects the owner. Now we are not employed by Jesus but surely the very nature of our calling, our salvation etc. would mean that everything about us reflects his love and concern for his Father’s will and for the people around him. Taking on his heart desires is part of what this subject of ‘abiding’ is about and what enables him to be able to say, “ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.”