Dead things never grow!
(John Angell James, "Christian Progress" 1853)
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit,
while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes
so that it will be even more fruitful." John 15:1-2
Why is it that so many professing Christians make
no spiritual progress, and indeed make no efforts
to grow in grace? Why? Because they care nothing
about it! To take up a 'mere profession' is all they
desire; but to proceed from one degree of piety to
another; to grow in grace--is no part of their desire.
What! No solicitude to have more . . .
experimental knowledge of truth,
faith in Christ,
likeness to God,
fitness for heaven!
No desire to advance in such things! Is it possible
to be a Christian and yet destitute of this desire
to grow in grace? No, it is not! I tell you, it is not!
If you have no concern to grow in grace
--there is no grace in you!
You are a piece of dead wood
--and not a living branch!
You are a spiritual corpse
--and not a living man!
In this state there can be no growth
--for dead things never grow!
We have published several more
practical sermons by J. A. James:
Declension in Religion
Work of the Spirit