As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 1 John 2:24
The process of siphoning old fuel out of my generator has left me with a bad taste in my mouth. I know, there are tools for such procedures, but such niceties never stopped me from getting it done. Siphoning and spiritual application: here goes.
Reflecting on 1 Jn. 2:15-29 this morning, I notice the contrast of the evil one’s many spiritually destructive “siphons” with the singular call to abide. There is no end to the enticements presented to us in this life, all for the purpose of derailing, discouraging and distracting our life in the Lord. He warned us that it would not be easy (Matt. 6:22-24). But He did provide the power, and the means of escape from every trap of the enemy (1 Cor. 10:13). What are the distractions that seem to best pull us from Him, the Vine of John 15?
Perhaps my understanding of “abide” needs a bit more tooth to it. Rather than a passive state of just basking in His presence, it can (and does) often mean my strong resistance against outside pressures. We must stay rooted in the primary things of Christ. We cannot stray from the elemental truths of life in Father, Son and Spirit. Our full armor must be on. Sometimes our abiding will take us to the limit—where all we can do is stand (Eph. 6:13). But even in that day, it is still an active opposition in the attack mounted against us.
Siphoning is useful in the world. But beware the siphoning of Satan. He will drain you dry.