Abide in Me

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He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. —John 15:5, KJV

Here’s an amazing thought! “The Saviour does not bid the disciples labor to bear fruit. He tells them to abide in Him. . . . The life of Christ in you produces the same fruits as in Him. Living in Christ, adhering to Christ, supported by Christ, drawing nourishment from Christ, you bear fruit after the similitude of Christ.” “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:4, 5, KJV).

That reminded me of this passage I once read from one of my favorite books, They Found the Secret. “How does the branch bear fruit? Not by incessant effort for sunshine and air; not by vain struggles for those vivifying influences which give beauty to the blossom, and verdure to the leaf: it simply abides in the vine, in silent and undisturbed union, and the blossoms and fruit appear as of spontaneous growth. “How, then, shall a Christian bear fruit? By efforts and struggles to obtain that which is freely given; by meditations on watchfulness, on prayer, on action, on temptation, and on dangers? No: there must be a full concentration of the thoughts and affections on Christ; a complete surrender of the whole being to Him; a constant looking to Him for grace. . . . Their hope and trust rest solely on what He is willing and able to do for them; on nothing that they suppose themselves able and willing to do for Him. . . .” Such is the ‘exchanged life,’ the abiding, fruitful life, the life that is in Christ.2 Do you long for this abiding life to be yours? It can be! The secret to success is found in learning to abide.

Pray that the God of love, the Prince of longsuffering, will fill and overflow you with the power of His Holy Spirit. When you abide in Him, day by day, He will do in and through you what you could never do on your own.

Let us abide in Jesus today and every day!

Melody Mason

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