HOW TO ABIDE IN CHRIST (2)
Continuation on John 15:4. “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 consecration of the thought and affections on Christ, a complete surrender of the whole being to Him, a constant looking to Him for grace.
Christians in whom these dispositions are once firmly fixed go on calmly as the sleeping infant borne in the arms of its mother. Christ reminds them of every duty in its time and place, reproves them for every error, counsels them in every difficulty, and excites them to every needful activity. In spiritual as in temporal matters, they take no thought for tomorrow, for they know that Christ will be as accessible tomorrow as today, and that time imposes no barrier on His love. 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. Their victory for every temptation and sorrow is their oft repeated childlike surrender of their whole being to Him, as the infant in every trouble finds a safe asylum in the bosom of its mother.”(1)
The word “consecration” may not be familiar to some, so I will give this simple definition: “to dedicate or set apart for a sacred, holy purpose”. Think about this as it relates to the branch “abiding in the vine”. The branch has no other purpose than to bear much fruit In the same vain, “surrender” is the total submission of your will to another (Christ) so that He can director and supply your life for greater fruitfulness.
(1) Harriet Beecher Stowe (Edited by Sherman Driver)
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