John 15:1-8

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5

In her book, Gold Cord, Amy Carmichael wrote of the time she stayed at the China Inland Mission (C.I.M.) compound:

One morning after breakfast, the veteran missionary, Mr. J. W. Stevenson, Deputy Director of the C.I.M., rose from his seat. . .He stood for a moment silent, then said, “And there was much rubbish.”

Everyone understood. Part of the C.I.M. compound was not quite finished, and where there is building there is rubbish. However, Stevenson continued, “People will try to discourage you. They will say, ‘Oh, your converts are all nice or soft Christians.’ Don’t be discouraged. Of course there is rubbish—there always is where anything is being done. Don’t stop because of the rubbish; get on with the building.”

Carmichael added, “God holds us to that which drew us first, when the Cross was the attraction, and we wanted nothing else.” There will always be rubbish in the world, but the call of Christ is not to let rubbish deter you from being all He has called you to be.

One of the reasons God prunes His saints is to prepare us for ministry. He trains us by allowing us to be battered by rain and wind and rubbish. Have you decided to abide in Christ regardless of the rubbish surrounding you?

Dear Lord, don’t let me be affected by the rubbish of this world. Help me continue to build Your kingdom.

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