Wow. Wow, wow, wow. I have a feeling that I may begin each of my contributions with that utterance: Wow. Our God is absolutely Wow. He is showing me a deeper understanding of how this is all His work. Mine is to accept by faith His work in my life. Mine is to look away unto Jesus Christ, fix my eyes upon the Vine, and abide in Him. His work is of the Husbandman. And so is mine. Hooboy.
“The branch is as much in the charge and keeping of the husbandman as the vine; his honour as much concerned in the wellbeing and growth of the branch as of the vine. The God who chose Christ to be Vine fitted Him thoroughly for the work He had as Vine to perform. The God who has chosen me and planted me in Christ, has thereby engaged to secure, if I will but let Him, by yielding myself to Him, that I in every way be worthy of Jesus Christ. Oh that I did but fully realize this!”
“Take time to meditate and to worship, until the light that comes from the throne of God has shone into you, and you have seen your union to Christ as indeed the work of His almighty Father. Take time, day after day, and let, in your whole religious life, with all it has of claims and duties, of needs and wishes, God be everything. See Jesus, as He speaks to you, ‘Abide in me,’ pointing upward and saying, ‘My FATHER IS THE HUSBANDMAN. Of Him you are in me, through Him you abide in me, and to Him and to His glory shall be the fruit you bear.’ And let your answer be, Amen, Lord! So be it. From eternity Christ and I were ordained for each other; inseparably we belong to each other: it is God’s will; I shall abide in Christ. It is of God I am in Christ Jesus.”