The Fruit and Its Source

We don’t hear much about fruit. We know that we should have fruitful lives, if we belong to Jesus. However, do we stop with knowing about fruit but do not go on to bear fruit? How much do we know about the source of Spiritual fruit? The source is Jesus! How do we avail ourselves of this Source? The answer is that we must abide in Him. The problem is that we seem to know less about “abiding” than we do about the kind of fruit that should exist in our lives. “Abiding” is not passive but active. “Abiding” includes the concept of dwelling with and implies “being right at home with.” We actively go to be in His Presence. Once there, “we make ourselves feel right at home.” If we are that close to a friend, we listen to that friend and talk with that friend. If we are comfortable with our friend and enjoying ourselves, we don’t want to leave until we have to leave. It is similar with our Divine Friend. It’s a joy, not a duty, to spend time with Him. “Abiding” involves having our roots go down into Him. Jesus said in John 15:4, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” Not only are we to be “at home with Him” but He is to be “at home in us!” Jesus went on to add, “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.” If Jesus and we are that close to each other, wonderful fruit will be produced! Anne S.Murphy gives us some insight about this in her moving hymn, “Constantly Abiding.” She wrote: “All the world seemed to sing of a Savior and King, when peace sweetly came to my heart; troubles all fled away and my night turned to day, Blessed Jesus, how glorious Thou art!  Constantly abiding, Jesus is mine; constantly abiding, rapture divine; He never leaves me lonely, whispers, O so kind: ‘I will never leave thee,’ Jesus is mine.” Selah! “Abiding” like this is the passion of all who would be true disciples. Intellectual understanding alone doesn’t make disciples. Being “at home with Jesus” does produce fruit.  Ron

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