Abide in Christ

by Andrew Murray

A wonderful book {written in 1895} about how a Christian can live a life with the fullness of Christ.

"There is a view of the Christian life that regards it as a sort of partnership, in which God and man have each to do their part.It admits that it is but little that man can do, and that little defiled with sin; still he must do his utmost, --- then only can he expect God to do His part. To those who think thus, it is extremely difficult to understand what Scripture means when it speaks of our being still and doing nothing, of our resting and waiting to see the salvation of God. It appears to them a perfect contradiction, when we speak of the quietness and ceasing from all effort as the secret of the highest activity of man and all his powers. And yet this is just what the Scripture does teach.The explanation of the apparent mystery is to be found in this, that when God and man are spoken of as working together, there is nothing of the idea of a partnership between two partners who each contribute their share to a work. The relation is a very different one. The true idea is that of co-operation founded on subordination.

As Jesus was entirely dependent on the Father for all His words and all His works, so the believer can do nothing of himself. What he can do of himself is altogether sinful. He must therefore cease entirely from his own doing, and wait for the working of God in him. And what God does is renew. to sanctify, and waken all his energies to their highest powers. So that just in proportion as he yields himself a truly passive instrument of His almighty power. The soul in which the wondrous combination of perfect passivity with the highest activity is most completely realized, has the deepest experience of what the Christian life is."

Pg. 136-137

"Christ's own joy, abiding joy, fulness of joy, - such is the portion of the believer who abides in Christ. Why, O why is it that this joy has so little power to attract? The reason simply is: Men, yea, even God's children, do not believe in it. Instead of the abiding in Christ being looked upon as the happiest life that ever can be led, it is regarded as of life of self-denial and of sadness. They forget that the self-denial and the sadness are owing to the not abiding, and that to those who once yield themselves unreservedly to abide in Christ as a bright and blessed life, their faith comes true, - the joy of the Lord is theirs. The difficulties all arise from the want of the full surrender to a full abiding."

Pg. 190