There is a needs-be for us to give ourselves for the life of the world… Fruit bearing involves cross-bearing. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.”
We know how the Lord became fruitful–not by bearing His cross only, but by dying on it. Do we know much of fellowship with Him in this?
There are not two Christs–an easy-going Christ for easy-going Christians, and a suffering, toiling Christ for exceptional believers.
There is only one Christ. Are we willing to abide in Him and so bear fruit?
—Hudson Taylor, quoted by Mrs. Howard Taylor in Behind the Ranges, p.170