“For we are the real circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh” (Philippians 3:3).
If we decide that the worship of God is the most important thing we can do, we will find that God Himself will lend His cooperation; He will bring divine love, grace and the Holy Spirit, who will lead us into His Presence and guide us into all truth. What we must bring to the transaction is determination, seeking, believing and yielding; or, in other words, absolute surrender. When that happens, our hearts become a sanctuary in which we may have continuous unbroken fellowship with Almighty God.
This is the most exciting experience that a human being can enjoy; Jesus referred to it as abiding in Him (John 15:4). The Greek word used here is meno, and is variously translated in its intransitive use as “remain”, “stay”, “abide”, “live”, “dwell”, “last”, “endure”, “continue”. Moreover, as it is used here, it is in the imperative, signifying a command. In abiding in Christ, there is assurance instead of doubt, certainty instead of confusion, wisdom of God instead of the foolishness of men. In that place, we gain God’s view of the world and are empowered to see what is happening in the world in terms of the eternal verities; we learn to know His will and yield to it.
“For as many as are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God”(Romans 8:14).
The only dwelling place for God’s adopted sons is in Christ; this place is a spiritual reality not a theological fantasy; it is meant to be experienced rather than claimed; being “in Christ” and being a Christian are not automatically the same thing, although they may be, depending on the realities. While only a Christian can be “in Christ”, there are many Christians who have not yielded to Christ’s demand to “Abide in Me!”.