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Jesus Bears the Fruit

23 Jan

Here, I feel, is the secret: not asking how I am to get sap out of the Vine into myself, but remembering that Jesus is the Vine – the root, stem, branches, twigs, leaves, flowers, fruit all indeed… I have not got to make myself a branch. The Lord Jesus tells me I am a branch. I am part of him and I have just to believe it and act upon it.

Hudson Taylor
From an 1869 letter to his sister and quoted by Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life, Tyndale House 1957/1977, 56-7.

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