During the life of Jesus on earth, the word He chiefly used when speaking of the relation of the disciples to Himself was: “Follow me.” When about to leave for heaven, He gave them a new word, which their more intimate and spiritual union with Himself in glory should be expressed. That chosen word was: “Abide in me.”andrew murray
: It is not that He said, "Come to me and abide with me," but "Abide in me."... He opened up all of His divine fulness of life and love, and offered to take you up into its fellowship, to make you wholly one with Himself. : Come, my brethren, and let us day by day set ourselves at His feet, and mediate on this word of His, with an eye fixed on Him alone. Let us set ourselves quiet trust before Him, waiting to hear His holy voice - the still small voice that is mightier than the storm that rends the rocks - breathing its quickening spirit within us, as He speaks: "Abide in me." The soul that truly hears Jesus Himself speak the word, receives with the word the power to accept and to hold the blessing He offers. : REST for the soul: Such was the first promise with which the Savior sought to win the heavy - laden sinner. Simple though it appears, the promise is indeed as large and comprehensive as can be found. : First the Savior says, "Come unto me, and I will give you rest"; the very moment you come, and believe, I will give you rest - the rest of pardon and acceptance - the rest in my love... And so the Savior repeats His promise, in words which clearly speak not so much of the initial rest with which He welcomes the weary one who comes, but of the deeper and personally appropriated rest of the should that abides with Him. He now not only says, "Come unto me," but "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me"; become my scholars, yield ourselves to my training summit in all things to y will, let your whole life be one with mine - in other words, "Abide in me." : The rest He gave at coming will become something you have really found and made your very own - the deeper the abiding rest which comes from longer acquaintance and closer fellowship, from entire surrender and deeper sympathy. "Take my yoke, and learn of me," "Abide in me." - this is the path to abiding rest.