Abide in Me
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." John 15:4
The life of the Christian is in the abiding life of Christ, we in Christ and Christ in us. Few really come to understand and live this kind of abiding life. Yet it is its simplicity that aludes most who would go there.
There is no safer ground than the sure Word of God and it is here that the Saint must abide. "Abide in Me" says the Saviour; abide in my Word, they are one in the same. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us..." (John 1:14).
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7). The power to ask and recieve is in the abiding, the answer to all life's perplexing questions are in the abiding... Eternal life itself is in the abiding. Why then are there so few who abide?
"Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16). To walk in the Spirit is to walk in Christ, the Word, the Truth. They are all one. To put it in the simplicity it was intended, read your Bible and then obey every word of it. From this simple obedience will flow the life of Christ in you, and all His benefits.
George Muller's plan for getting things done.
The first three years after conversion, I neglected the Word of God. Since I began to search it diligently, the blessing has been wonderful.
I have read the Bible through one hundred times and always with increasing delight. I look upon it as a lost day when I have not a good time over the Word of God.
Friends often say "I have so much to do, so many people to see, I cannot find time for Scripture study."
Perhaps there are not many who have more to do than I. For more than half a century I have never known one day when I had not more business than I could get through. For forty years I have had annually about thirty thousand letters, and most of these passed through my own hands. I have nine assistants always at work corresponding in German, French, English, Danish, Italian, Russian, and other languages.
Then as pastor of a church with twelve hundred believers, great has been my care. Besides, I have had charge of five immense orphanages; also, at my publishing depot, the printing and circulating of millions of tracts, books and Bibles.
But I have always made it a rule never to begin work till I have had a good season with God. The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Word in our life and thoughts.
A True Hunger for the Word
The Voice of the Martyrs magazine tells of two Hmong Christians who walked more than 500 kilometers to meet some missionaries to get some Bibles in their language. Their journey had taken more than three weeks. They were wearing rubber sandals; their faces were burned by the hot sun.
They visited for an hour, put the Bibles in their bags, went outside, looked both ways and started their journey back to their village. A round trip journey on foot that took more than six weeks and covered over 1000 km.
I wonder where they found food, where they slept, so many things go through my mind but most of all I think of so many of our people with every blessing on earth at their hands and their Bibles seldom opened and read.