For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5:6


Gods work!

   For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Phil. 2:13

   Oh, how we are thoroughly deceived by our own heart, if we do not let it be corrected by the Word of God!
   It always seems to be our nearest thought, to count on ourselves, our will, our contribution, our work - which we loves to consider to be good!
   Such also, even for those who have had to let them be saved as helpless and lost sinners - that idea comes, that the Lord now have put me on the way, from here it depends on my contribution and Gods help. As you know, the Word of God speaks so much about growth, calls us to prayer and reading of the Bible etc.
   No matter how «reasonable» this sounds, it is in fact not in accordance with the Word of God! It preaches on the contrary, that it is God who works this! Our own contribution works on the contrary what displeases Him - namely that our old self - that which was crucified with Christ - comes to life again, and get to work. And where that happens, you will soon see that the testimony about Jesus is constantly less filled with Spirit and glow, while the focus on own doing grows.
   It is true, you are called to seek Him in the Word and in prayer, and you must as a Christian not neglect this, but you are called there to get, not for to give! - To receive, not to contribute!
   Our text today is a call to rest! - You shall know that the Word of Jesus stands firm, despite all that your own reason tells you: «Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.» (John 15:4-5).
   Listen to the Word, how reasonable it is: The branch that abides in the tree, must bear fruit! - No branch that abides in the tree, can be without fruit!
   How paradoxical this may sound, it is still the case: This is not a word to passivity, but to rest!
   Ask for light on this today, if you do not have it! You will get what you ask Him for!


Holy Bible New American Standard Version
Translator: E.K.



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