The world is perishing, the church is failing, Christ’s cause is suffering, Christ is grieving on account of the lack of wholehearted Christians bearing much fruit. [Are] you ready to be His disciple in His own meaning of the word…? Let our desire be nothing less than perfect cleansing, unbroken abiding, closest communion, abundant fruitfulness—true branches of the true Vine.
Andrew Murray, The True Vine, p. 75
Leading a man to Christ is only the start of the process: we must ensure that the man is grounded in Scripture, loved, and encouraged in the faith…a major part of spiritual growth is precisely a good grasp of doctrine. Without it you will be swayed and confused by each new idea…. But more than this, sound doctrine is a splendid avenue to a deeper knowledge of God himself, for doctrine concerns the nature and purpose of God….
George Verwer (founder of Operation Mobilization), No Turning Back, p. 59
From subtle love of softening things,
From easy choices, weakenings,
Not thus are spirits fortified,
Not this way went the Crucified.
From all that dims Thy Calvary,
O Lamb of God, deliver me….
Let me not sink to be a clod:
Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.