Busy or Abiding? (May 26)

From "Open Up Your Heart,"  by Jeff Syverson. Now available at Amazon.com.

From “Open Up Your Heart,” by Jeff Syverson. Now available at Amazon.com.

May 26
Busy or Abiding?

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 120:1-7 | 2 Samuel 9:1-11:27 | John 15:1-27 | Proverbs 16:1-3

Today’s Scripture Focus: John 15

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 NIV

You were created to live a “fruitful” life. We all want that: to make a difference; to accomplish something important; to leave this life with a legacy of significance. But how do we get there? How do we live the “fruitful life”? How do we “bear much fruit”?


Jesus tells us that if we want to live fruitful lives, we must start by “abiding.” At its heart to abide is to “spend time with.” Abiding requires slowing down and spending time in the presence of the Father. Abiding requires slowing down long enough to abide in his word—to get our marching orders for the day. Abiding requires spending time meditating on scripture and enjoying time in the presence of God—times of abiding in his love.

[Excerpts from Busy or Abiding? in Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson. The devotional in full along with 364 others is available at Amazon.com.]

365 Daily Devotions to encourage you in your daily time with God

365 Daily Devotions to encourage you in your daily time with God


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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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