What are we holding on to: our youth, glory days, old habits, bad habits, our own sin, or the sin of others against us? What is it? What we hold on to makes up our thinking; it becomes the place where we remain or abide. If we think on the past, we live in the past.
Jesus wants to save us (1 Tim 2:3b–4); He wants to be the place we remain / abide, not the place we visit! He wants to be our home, and so make His home with us. John 14:23 — . . . “if anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain 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. 6 If 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. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you (John 15:1 – 17 NIV).
What we need to hold on to is Jesus. He alone gives life that is eternal, fruit that lasts, and brings glory to the Father. God help us to let go of whatever we need to let go, so that we can remain connected to Jesus, Amen!