Sometimes I can’t sleep. That has not been normal for me, but lately I fear that it is becoming normal. This morning at about 4 a.m. I decided that maybe if I read a little bit I would tire and go back to sleep. (Never mind that I was reading on the Kindle app on my iphone and thus probably negating any positive effect reading might have had. . . ) I first dipped into a devotional book I’ve been reading this month. I picked up this The True Vine by Andrew Murray after reading this review by Hope. I’m reading it slowly, as I’m sure Murray probably intended, and I’m gleaning much from it. (In fact, reading it has prompted me to go back and work on a Bible study from the Doorposts Lady on John 15.) Anyway, obviously the context of this quote is John 15:5: “He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit.”
If you would bear fruit, see that the inner life is perfectly right, that your relation to Christ Jesus is clear and close. Begin each day with Him in the morning, to know in truth that you are abiding in Him and He in you. Christ tells us that nothing less will do. It is not your willing and running; it is not by your might or strength, “but by my spirit, saith the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6). Meet each new engagement, undertake every new work, with an ear and heart open to the Master’s voice: “He that abideth in me. . . bringeth forth much fruit.” You see to the abiding; He will see to the fruit, for He will give it in you and through you. (28)
Not willing and running, but abiding. Boy, do I need to remember this.
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