Experiencing Christ


John 15:8 In this is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so you will become My disciples. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and I set you that you should go forth and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.

In my home province in north China there were many apple groves. Year by year we eagerly anticipated the month of September, when the trees would be laden with fruit! We greatly enjoyed going to see these apple trees in their glorification! Even while we were still far away, we could smell the fragrance of the apples.

The fruit Christ has borne is even more fragrant and beautiful than this. We are this fruit! If Christ had never produced a disciple after His resurrection, He would have remained alone. After His resurrection, however, there were one hundred twenty in Jerusalem. Then three thousand were added. Now throughout this earth there are “apple groves” which have issued from Christ’s resurrection!

What is fruit-bearing? It is the overflow of the riches of the inner life. Do not try to bring people to Christ by your own effort. Do not use schemes to win souls. Bearing fruit is a matter of the overflow of your inner life. We need continuously to enjoy Christ as everything to us. Then we shall have an abundance of inner life. Out of this abundance of inner life there will be a flow that will reach others, penetrating into their lives. This flow will bear much fruit. It is not just preaching or soul-winning; it must be fruit- bearing by the overflow of the riches of the inner life.

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