Abide in JESUS not in the traditions or religious acts of man.
Abide in JESUS not in your attempts to be righteous.
Abide in JESUS not boast in your own strength.
Abide in JESUS not in your works or false acts of worship.
Abide in JESUS not anything or anyone else.
When we abide in Him than it is Jesus living through us and loving others. When we abide in Christ we will be doing works that He prepared for us long before we were born and it will be HIM ministering to others not our own flesh. When we abide in Him it doesn’t mean we sit and do nothing as He tells us to go, He calls us to go, He wants us to go. Does He need us? No, but He calls us. He called Moses, David, Ruth, Paul, Joseph, Peter, and many others but He could have done it all without them but He chose not to. He chooses to have a personal relationship with His children and use us to do His good works that He had planned for us before we were even born.
Jesus said to, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men!” He did not say I will make you fishers of more righteous acts or I will make you bumps on a log to do whatever makes you happy. Think about it? Why do you do what you do? Are you performing so others can look at you and be impressed with your righteous acts? Are you choosing to do nothing because God is in charge and He doesn’t need you or you don’t believe He has a plan to use you? Or are you resting and abiding in HIS power to work through you and taking up your cross and following Him day by day?
I enjoyed a message the David Wilkerson wrote below about righteous acts and no inheritance. There is an answer to our inheritance and it is in CHRIST JESUS.
by David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Paul gives us a list of those who will not inherit the kingdom of God:
“Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, not adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor
sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
But then the apostle adds: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but
you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by
the Spirit of our God” (verse 11).
How did these people who were saved out of such horrible sin become righteous
before God? What happened to them that they no longer were evil but, rather,
were accepted by God?
First of all, God is no respecter of persons. He is not at all impressed by a
person’s title or earthly honor—whether a king, a queen, a president or a
prime minister. And second, God is not charmed by any goodness in us. Long
prayers, fasting, tithing, Bible study, benevolent acts—none of these makes
us righteous or acceptable to God. Even our “good” flesh—good character,
speech, thoughts and deeds—are a stench in His nostrils if used as a plea for
our own righteousness.
When Jesus went to the cross, He crucified our “old man” of the flesh. There is
only one Man left, only One whom God will deal with—and that is His Son. When
Jesus finished His work on earth and sat down at the right hand of the Father,
God said, “From now on I recognize only one Man, only one righteousness.
Anyone who comes to Me must come through Him—My Son. All who would be
righteous must accept His righteousness and no other!”
We are accepted in God’s eyes only by faith in Christ and His work: “He made us
accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).
Do you see how important it is to abide in Jesus, to come to Him quickly
whenever you fail? You must learn to run to Him, crying, “Jesus, I have failed
You! I cannot work this out. No matter what I do, I can never be recognized
before the Father, except as I come to Him in You!”