Where this command is found:

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

JOHN 15:4–5

The command to Follow Me is not an idea or a suggestion. Rather, it is an imperative call that must be followed by a choice. This choice must be made by every person, and it will determine the course of his or her life. While the words of Jesus in Matthew 4:19 are a command, they are also an invitation to live the abundant life of Jesus. Christ’s life fills every area of our lives as we fully surrender to His lordship and follow Him wholeheartedly.

In this command that Jesus gave to His disciples, He was calling them to exchange their identity as merely fishers of fish to become fishers of men. In the same way, when we choose to follow Christ, He replaces our old identity with a new identity in Him. As we live in the reality of this new identity, He empowers us to live the Christian life by His Spirit dwelling in us.

The key to living a fulfilled life in the Lord and walking as fishers of men, is first being filled with His Life. As a result, Christ’s Life within us blesses and ministers to those around us. The more Christ increases in our lives, the more we can invest in the lives of others for eternity, walking as fishers of men.

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Episodes

Abide in Me – Part 1

Are you tired of trying to live the Christian life in your own strength and failing? Is your spiritual life dry and fruitless? In this episode, learn how abiding in Christ is all about receiving the life and work of Christ

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Abide in Me – Part 2

What are the things that hinder us from abiding in Christ? Join us as we look at how God removes competition from our lives so He can live more fully in us.

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Abide in Me – Part 3

Do you walk in fellowship with the Lord throughout the day? Join us as we discuss how to abide in Christ even during the midst of hectic workweeks and busy weekends.

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Abide in Me — Part 4

God's calling for believers is not to produce fruit. His calling is that they bear fruit. The Christian life isn’t about trying harder, it is about recognizing our total inability and embracing Christ’s ability through His Spirit!

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Commands of Christ Podcast: Abide in Me - Part 4