Morning, September 8, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

From Me comes your fruit.” — Hosea 14:8

Our fruit comes from our God in our union. The fruit of the branch is directly traceable to the root. Sever the connection, the branch dies, and no fruit is produced. By virtue of our union with Christ we bring forth fruit. Every bunch of grapes has been first in the root, it has passed through the stem, and flowed through the sap vessels, and fashioned itself externally into fruit, but it was first in the stem; so also every good work was first in Christ, and then is brought forth in us. Oh Christian, prize this precious union to Christ; for it must be the source of all the fruitfulness which you can hope to know. If you were not joined to Jesus Christ, you would be an unproductive bough indeed.

Our fruit comes from God in our spiritual provision. When the dewdrops fall from heaven, when the clouds look down from on high, and are about to distil their liquid treasure, when the bright sun swells the berries of the cluster, each of these heavenly benefits may whisper to the tree and say, “From me is your fruit found.” The fruit owes much to the root–that is essential to fruitfulness–but it owes very much also to external influences. We owe so much to God’s grace and provision, in which he provides us constantly with reviving, teaching, comfort, strength, or whatever else we want. To this we owe our all of usefulness or virtue.

Our fruit comes from God in our cultivation. The gardener’s sharp-edged knife promotes the fruitfulness of the tree, by thinning the clusters, and by cutting off superfluous shoots. So is it, Christian, with that pruning which the Lord gives to you. “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” Since our God is the author of our spiritual virtues, let us give to him all the glory of our salvation.