Scot McKnight on attending to Jesus by abiding in him*

“Abiding is the central theme of Jesus on the last night he spent with his disciples. Abiding is Jesus’ own commentary on what he means by the “one needful thing.” On that last night, Jesus taught:

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener….Remain [or, Abide] in me, and I will remain [or, abide] in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain [or, abide] in the vine.’

As a branch draws its sap of life from the vine from which it grows, so also the disciple of Jesus draws spiritual life from Jesus. The manner of drawing life from Jesus is profoundly simple: Abide in him, or open up to the flow.

Abiding in Jesus is a discipline of prayer and receiving life from Jesus; it is a way of life. We don’t stumble onto it accidentally; we have to make it a conscious pattern of life. Abiding in Jesus as constant prayer takes practice if it is to become a constant mode of life…”

Scot McKnight, The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others,198.

*The title of this section: “WE ATTEND TO JESUS BY ABIDING IN HIM”


Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer