Morning, November 13, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The branch cannot bear fruit of itself.” — John 15:4
How did you begin to bear fruit? It was when you came to Jesus and cast yourselves on his great atonement, and rested on his finished righteousness. Oh! What fruit you had then! Do you remember those early days? Surely then the vine flourished, the tender grape appeared, the pomegranates budded forth, and the beds of spices gave forth their smell. Have you weakened since then? If you have, we charge you to remember that time of love, and repent, and do your first works. Focus most in those activities which you have experientially proven to draw you nearest to Christ, because it is from him that all your fruit proceeds. Any holy practice which will bring you to him will help you to bear fruit. The sun is, no doubt, a great worker in creating fruit among the trees of the orchard: and Jesus is even more so among the trees of his garden of grace. When have you been the most fruitless? Has not it been when you have lived farthest from the Lord Jesus Christ, when you have slackened in prayer, when you have departed from the simplicity of your faith, when your talents and blessings have engrossed your attention instead of your Lord, when you have said, “My mountain stands firm, I shall never be moved,” and have forgotten where your strength dwells — has not it been then that your fruit has ceased? Some of us have learned that we have nothing outside of Christ, through terrible humiliation of heart before the Lord; and when we have seen the utter barrenness and death of all our human power, we have cried in anguish, “From him all my fruit must be found, for no fruit can ever come from me.” We are taught, by past experience, that the more simply we depend upon the grace of God in Christ, and wait upon the Holy Spirit, the more we shall bring forth fruit for God. Oh! To trust Jesus for fruit as well as for life.