To be abiding in Christ is acknowledging that the cross is the safest place to be. It’s at the Lord’s feet that we can listen to His teaching and have His Words influence and direct our steps. “And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.” (Luke 10:39). In this section with Mary and Martha, we can extract that not being at the cross equals to being/becoming anxious and troubled. “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4). If you come to the cross it’s because the Holy Spirit led you there. This is comforting because that means that He is at work in your life. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6). If you come to the cross it is because you understand what Jesus has accomplished and how that applies to your life, which means that you understand the gospel, which means that God has shone in your heart “to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
The closest you are to God, the further you are from harm. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1). Jesus is our shield. “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true;he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” (Psalm 18:30)
I abide in Christ by desperately seeking His face. 2 Corinthians 3:18 which says: “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” This abiding in Him, this fixing our gaze on Him, this looking to and thinking about Him, this putting Him before us again and again, basically this living together with Him, will mean that you see Him for who He really is, will result in becoming like Him, as you become like what you constantly behold. This work of transformation is a process. We are becoming like Christ. We are growing in our capacity to show Christ by being like Christ. That is God’s will for us. That we be progressively be conformed to the image of Christ. To me, this means being transformed to His image as a suffering servant on mission while we are here on the earth: showing His kind of character, which produces hope (Romans 5:3-4), showing His kind of love, which means laying your life down for your friends (John 13:34-35; 15:12-13), showing His kind of servant heart, which means through love serve another (Galatians 5:13-14), showing His kind of influence, which means be like salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-16), and this ultimately means being transformed to His glorious body (Phillipians 3:20-21) when we shall be like Him and see Him as He is (1 John 3:2) for that is what we inwardly groan for (Romans 8:23).