As part of my one word for 2018, I am reading The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-16 by Andrew Murray. I’m glad it is broken up into short daily readings, because there is a lot to meditate on in those daily readings. Today, I am sharing a few quotes for you to think on. I highly recommend this book!
How many eyes have gazed on and admired a great vine with its beautiful fruit. Come and gaze on the heavenly Vine till your eye turns from all else to admire Him. How many, in a sunny clime, sit and rest under the shadow of a vine. Come and be still under the shadow of the true Vine, and rest under it from the heat of the day. What countless numbers rejoice in the fruit of the vine! Come, and take, and eat of the heavenly fruit of the true Vine, and let your soul say: “I sat under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste.”
“Abide in me”: that refers more to that which we have to do. We have to trust and obey, to detach ourselves from all else, to reach out after Him and cling to Him, to sink ourselves into Him.
How much weary labor there has been in striving to understand what abiding is, how much fruitless effort in trying to attain it! Why was this? Because the attention was turned to the abiding as a work we have to do, instead of the living Christ, in whom we were to be kept abiding, who Himself was to hold and keep us. we thought of abiding as a continual strain and effort–we forget that it means rest from effort to one who has found the place of his abode.
And so it sometimes comes that souls who have never been specially occupied with the thought of abiding, are abiding all the time, because they are occupied with Christ.
*quotes from Murray, Andrew (2010-03-27). The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-16. Kindle Edition.