Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
I began my investments into the Multi Level Marketing (MLM) world when I was just 18 years old. Since that time, I have invested in and tried many, many different products and business opportunities. Part of the package deal with nearly all MLM business endeavors includes conferences to attend. I have literally heard hundreds of motivational and personal development speakers in my 30+ years of being in the MLM world. There are certain commonalities in every MLM conference, and if you are the least bit familiar with that environment, you will most likely agree with what I am about to share.
Conference time in the MLM world are Really Exciting Times! It’s like a high school Pep Rally before the big game, times 10, some times 100!! If you have never been to one, you should really try it out, at least once in your lifetime, even if it’s just for the experience and personal development aspect of it all. The agenda is always filled with really great speakers, who know exactly how to get your creative juices flowing. They are highly skilled and trained to Motivate, Inspire and Empower you to conquer your fears and take on the world. There will always be at least one speaker who will emphasize the need to find your “WHY”. Which is a really important factor, not just in the MLM world, but in life and with any endeavor or journey one finds themselves in.
In the MLM world, Your WHY plays a huge part in the success of what you are trying to accomplish. WHY you love the product, WHY you love the company, WHY you love working for yourself and being your own boss, WHY, WHY, WHY, You Must Find Your Why!
Then they shift gears and share 1001 “HOW TO” tips and tricks on HOW TO market the product, HOW TO market the business, HOW TO grow the business, HOW TO grow Your Team, etc…
Most MLM models include not only those two really important components, but the Major Selling Point is always found in THE RESULTS!!! The ticket to success is not about SELLing the products or SELLing the business, but about “SHARING The Results.” Because when you Share The Results, then you don’t have to SELL a thing. The Results do the selling, basically the product & business sells itself. So then, you are left Reaping The Rewards, The FRUIT!!!
Everyone loves a positive outcome, an inspiring testimony, a major win after a rough and tough start. The Results portion of an MLM Conference Reaffirms the WHY, causing all of the HOW TOs to either Jump Start or Add Momentum to those already with a running start.
Now PLEASE stay with me here and don’t let any of this MLM talk get you confused as to where I am heading with all of this.
Some of the Products, Businesses, and Results I have been privy to invest in and have tried over the years, have been and still are Real Legit Products & Businesses. The majority are actually really great products and are really good for you and your family. So I am NOT knocking any MLM business or product. I am simply saying all of this to prove a point… The Point being that Models and Methods used in the MLM world Really Do Work!
The Why + How To = Results [FRUIT] THE METHOD REALLY DOES WORK!!!
So, if that method works on getting individuals to try new products, or invest in starting their own business, why not use the same type of concept in other areas? Areas where it takes a little more persuasion than normal to convince someone to give something new a try. Areas where it takes a system, a method or a specific model to accomplish an end goal, to Reap Fruit!
Now do you see where I am going with this???
It’s “The Method” of, Finding THE WHY, plus learning all of the HOW TOs, in order to get THE RESULTS, which can be used in just about any situation, circumstance, event, relationship, purpose, or plan for Personal Development & Growth.
So I said all of that to say…
Simply “knowing about” Christ and being familiar with The Word of God are not going to be enough to “set your heart on the things above”. It’s a great start, but it’s going to take a little more effort than acquiring a general knowledge of or possessing strong feelings for and having a desire to ABIDE In Christ and in The Word, in order to experience that deeper level of spirituality.
To ABIDE means, comply with, obey, observe, follow, keep to, hold to, conform to, adhere to, stick to, stand by, act in accordance with, uphold, heed, accept, go along with, acknowledge, respect, defer to, tolerate, bear, stand, put up with, endure, …
Sounds simple enough, but in actuality, ABIDING is not a single, one-time decision or event, nor is it an easy task to accomplish. It requires nothing short of Daily Discipline which in turn requires Divine Intervention, even for the Super Spiritually Devoted Follower of Christ.
The Fruit reaped through this Act of Abiding are out-of-this-world incredible!!!
Finding and using every available tool in order to accomplish the task is worth searching for, to help one stay focused and actively Abiding.
In my search of a “How To” guide and not being able to find what I needed to fit my individual needs, I decided to create one of my own, one that works just right for me.
Using the same concept I learned in the MLM world, I began by asking myself 2 very simple questions: Why? and How To? because I wanted to Reap the Good Fruit as mentioned in John 15.
1. WHY Abide?
2. HOW TO Abide?
This personal model was created within a few weeks as I sought answers and waited on the Holy Spirit to Guide and Direct me.
Using each individual letter of the word A.B.I.D.E. I began to answer the questions and this model was developed…