Have you ever seen a branch deciding to become part of a tree? Or is a leaf staying up late at night worrying about whether they have picked the right twig to grow on?
We laugh at the silly notion of these ideas but in the same way we miss out on what Jesus is telling us. Jesus has already joined us to Himself by the ultimate sacrifice of His life. Abiding is not recruitment, spiritual boot camp or mere religious duty. To abide in Him is simply to gratefully enjoy the part we are given by grace. We are only fruitful as His life blood flows through us. No matter how small or weak we are through Him we can do anything He asks!
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 ESV