Bring forth fruit cannot be done outside of God. Jesus says “apart from me you can do nothing.
This statement may be applied in two ways. On the one hand, it may be applied to Christians. Note the following:
- Great work to be done.
- The possibility of attempting to do it, but without Christ
- The inevitable failure that must result from such effort.
Spurgeon preached on this topic. He observed “Without Jesus you can talk any quantity; but without him you can do nothing. The most eloquent discourse without him will be all a bottle of smoke. You shall lay your plans, arrange your machinery, and start your schemes; but without the, Lord you will do nothing. Immeasurable cloud-land of proposals and not a spot of solid doing large enough for a dove’s foot to rest on–such shall be the end of all!” [Charles Haddon Spurgeon, “Without Christ–Nothing,” Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, vol. 27 (London: Banner of Truth Trust, 1971), 600-601.] It may be that nothing would come of our efforts if Christ is not working through us.
Without Christ, we can do nothing. What a humbling fact!