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Religion is meant to be in everyday life a thing of unspeakable joy.

And why do so many complain that it is not so?  Because they do not

believe that there is no joy like the joy of abiding in Christ and in His love,

and being branches through whom He can pour out His love on a dying world.

-Andrew Murray, The True Vine

 

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away. – John 15:2

Let us especially beware of one great mistake.  Many Christians think their own salvation is the first thing; their temporal life and prosperity, with the care of their family, the second; and what time and interest is left may be devoted to fruit-bearing, to the saving of men.  No wonder that in most cases very little time or interest can be found.  No, Christian, the one object with which you have been made a member of Christ’s body is that the Head may have you to carry out His saving work.  The one object God had in making you a branch is that Christ may through you bring life to men.  Your personal salvation, your business and care for your family, are entirely subordinate to this.  Your first aim in life, your first aim every day, should be to know how Christ desires to carry out His purpose in you.

Let us begin to think as God thinks.  Let us accept Christ’s teaching and respond to it.  The one object of my being a branch, the one mark of my being a true branch, the one condition of my abiding and growing strong, is that I bear the fruit of the heavenly Vine for dying men to eat and live.  And the one thing of which I can have the most perfect assurance is that, with Christ as my Vine, and the Father as my Husbandman, I can indeed be a fruitful branch.

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Our Father, You come seeking fruit.  Teach us, we pray, to realize how truly this is the one object of our existence and of our union to Christ.  Make it the one desire of our hearts to be branches, so filled with the Spirit of the Vine as to bring forth fruit abundantly.

 

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