Hannah Whitall Smith’s (1858-1911) writings have provided encouragement in my walk with God. Her insights on bearing fruit are still relevant a 100 years later.
We need not trouble ourselves about our fruit-bearing. It is “ordained” that we will bring forth fruit just as it is ordained that a fig tree will bear figs. It is the law of our spiritual life. We can no more have real spiritual life within us without bearing fruit than the oak tree can have life without bearing acorns…
…there is a vast amount of effort among Christians to hang fruit on their branches by some outside performances … fruit must be “brought forth,” not fastened on. …The law of fruit bearing is clearly this, that our fruit can only be the outcome of what we are.
One of the laws of life is that all plants must yield fruit after their own kind. I must be content, therefore to be the type of plant and bear the type of fruit the divine Husbandman pleases. We do not always like to be what God has made us to be.
Be content to be what God has made you,
but do not be content
until you are the best of its kind.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—( John 15:16 NIV)
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