As surely as the Husbandman made the Vine what it was to be, will He make each branch what it is to be. Our Father is our Husbandman, the Surety for our growth and fruit. [. . .] He insists upon the truth: Not of itself can the branch bear fruit; except it abide, it cannot bear fruit. No more can ye, except ye abide in me. [. . .]Let me learn the lesson. Abiding is to be an act of the will and the whole heart. [ . . . ]You are the branch.—You need be nothing more. You need not for one single moment of the day take upon you the responsibility of the Vine. You need not leave the place of entire dependence and unbounded confidence.Abiding in Me is indispensable, for, you know it, of yourselves you can do nothing to maintain or act out the heavenly life. [. . .]It is the wholehearted surrender in everything to do His will, that gives access to a life in the abiding enjoyment of His love. Obey and abide. [. . .]The purpose is His, He will carry it out; the fruit is His, He will bring it forth; the abiding is His, He will maintain it.
― Andrew Murray,
The True Vine
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