When I’m truly abiding in Jesus, I’m soaking Him up, and then He overflows from me. As I take Him in, He pours Himself out. It’s through this input and output of abiding in Jesus that people can recognize I’ve been with Him. I want to be recognized as having been with Jesus, to have His spirit show in my countenance.
How does abiding in Christ happen? By first realizing that I need Jesus as my Savior. And then by realizing that it’s through abiding in Him that He speaks to my spirit and shows me the answers I need. Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” (John 15:1) The vine of a grapevine is what supports and feeds the branches, that in turn bear the fruit. In order to receive the nourishment, the branches must remain on the vine. “Remain in me, as I also 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.” (John 15:4)
Spending time in prayer and meditating on His Word is abiding in Him. We are told that, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
The power to grow doesn’t come from within us, but from our Lord God. God allows us to “participate in the divine nature” through our knowledge of Him. Not just knowing about Him, but in KNOWING Him. In having a relationship with Him. Reading His Word, praying to Him, listening for the urging of the Holy Spirit, and then acting upon His direction (application). Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28)
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5-8)
I encourage you to read and meditate on John 15:1-17