New Wineskins 14 of 21 – Abide in Me
- July 8, 2018
- Posted by: William Hurtado
- Category: New Wineskins Daily Devotional
“Abide in Me…for without Me you can do nothing!”
Divine love makes its most touching appeals to the heart when it calls upon us to manifest the same tender compassion that Christ manifested. Those who have never experienced the tender, winning love of Christ cannot lead others to the fountain of life. His love in the heart is a constraining power, which leads men to reveal Him in the conversation, in the tender, pitiful spirit, in the uplifting of the lives of those with whom they associate.
Christian workers who succeed in their efforts must know Christ; and in order to know Him, they must know His love.
In heaven their fitness as workers is measured by their ability to love as Christ loved and to work as He worked. “Let us not love in word,” the apostle writes, “but in deed and in truth.”
The completeness of Christian character is attained when the impulse to help and bless others springs constantly from within.
It is the atmosphere of this love surrounding the soul of the believer that makes him a savor of life unto life and enables God to bless his work. (AA 550)
Pray through John 15, asking God to unite your soul with His, as a branch is connected to a vine, so His life becomes yours, and your love for others becomes impulsive.
And praise God that His Holy Spirit is doing this “new thing” in you!
By faith in Him as a personal Saviour the union is formed. The sinner unites his weakness to Christ’s strength, his emptiness to Christ’s fullness, his frailty to Christ’s enduring might. Then he has the mind of Christ. The humanity of Christ has touched our humanity, and our humanity has touched divinity. Thus through the agency of the Holy Spirit man becomes a partaker of the divine nature. He is accepted in the Beloved. (DA 675-6)