Oh to get men in touch with Christ!
We must present Him by displaying His life; not merely preach Him.
There is only one way in which you and I can draw souls to the true Christ. That is by walking in His way of the Cross, the way of sacrifice.
Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. (John 12:24)
Certainly the great trouble with many of our orthodox churches is that they are like great grain containers, full of unplanted wheat which has become musty, and moldy, and befouled by the rats of self-will and self-exaltation. If only each little grain had been rent asunder from its fellows, cast into the dark, wet earth, buried out of sight, and left alone to endure disintegration and death, what a harvest we would see!
Various groups of Christian young people have been multiplying in recent years. This is a cause for much rejoicing. But therein lies a grave danger. The group spirit, the fleshly attachments, the emotional and the naturalall tend to prevent them from becoming Gods isolated corn of wheat. They never find life from above because they spend all their time trying to fill themselves up with life from this world.
Joseph, the overcomer, learned his lessons during thirteen long years of isolation, slavery, suspicion and slander. And every Christian, if he or she is to become truly fruitful, will be led along this same course. The persecuted church and the martyrs often found themselves isolated from the crowds. But it was here, with their dependence upon God alone, that they found resurrection life and began to reveal it before the eyes of their persecutors. The world then began to see how there is a life that can come down from God and provide victory in the most severe circumstances.
We appeal to those who are sick of the shallows and the shams, sick of doing dead things, sick unto death of a
fruitless, barren existence. Oh barren soul, hear the word of the Lord: That which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die. Is the reader trying to live the Christian life?do the work of Christ?bear His divine fruit? You cannot live until you have died. Death precedes life. Except a corn of wheat falls into the ground and die, it abideth alone.
J. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, once said: We know how the Lord Jesus became fruitfulnot by bearing His cross merely, but by dying on it. Do we know much fellowship with Him in this?... There is only one Christ. Are you willing to abide in Him, and thus to bear much fruit?
Death is still the gateway to life, life from the dead, life multiplied, life manifold. We can never escape the law, unalterable and eternal, that self-sacrifice is the condition of all multiplication of life.