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Is it Your Fruit?

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  –Galatians 5:22-23

We have probably all looked before and wondered if we were bearing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Are we being loving and kind? Are we remaining faithful and doing the good we know to do? Are we filled with His peace and joy?

It’s amazing how much we tend to think how these things will benefit and nourish us, but I believe it’s fair to ask if this is the real point.

If a tree is bearing fruit, it is never for itself.  An apple tree doesn’t benefit or receive payment from the apples it produces. A pear tree isn’t nourished by eating its own pears. They produce because they are fruit trees. They are fulfilling their design and purpose.

We can get sidetracked thinking about how much happier we’d be with joy or some more patience, how much more secure we’d be with greater self-control, but the focus of the fruit is not on us. It’s for the benefit of those around us.

Does it make any sense to keep working at and striving for fruit in our lives? Like with those trees, bearing fruit and their amount comes with maturity.

Do we need to get upset that we are not getting our proper due with the sacrifices we make? That love and kindness you displayed was simply the fruit of being led by His Spirit. You do what He made you to do.

I don’t control the fruit and it’s not for me. I simply get to experience the power of fulfilling what I was redeemed to do and in so doing, display the grace of God to those around me.

What are your thoughts about this? Have you ever thought of it as “your” fruit? Are you wondering if I’m just hungry after using two food illustrations in two days? :)

 

18 Comments

  1. Definitely been guilty of wanting to partake of my own fruit. Never really have though of it in this context, but of course it makes sense and is an amazing truth. As much as we might want it to be sometimes, it is not and shouldn’t be our choice to select who should be blessed by or partake from the fruit He is producing through us. Thanks for sharing these thoughts; I will be chewing on them further.

    • Yeah, that’s a great addition! Fruit trees don’t decide where they’re planted or choose who gets their fruit. I love when the Holy Spirit gives an analogy that can have so many layers. Thanks Philip.

  2. The first didn’t bother me cuz it had cupcakes on it. This one did because it had fruit. Yeah, I am one of those weird people who would rather eat fruit than cake. ice cream is a different story. :) It is called “fruit of the Spirit.” How can i say it is mine?
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..ScandalousMy Profile

    • It was a muffin actually, but I do know what you mean. I shall not judge your weirdness, Bill. :)

      And yes, how silly we are to think or say this fruit belongs to us! Thanks so much, Bill.

  3. The muffins now this? ! Another really good analogy and point. Our efforts and strengths are designed by God for others. It is only in that sacrifice we find true peace and joy.

    Good job, well said, you are rolling!
    floyd recently posted..WHO I AMMy Profile

    • And we are blessed to be in His garden, fulfilling His purposes. We are well cared for and loved! Thanks so much, Floyd. That should be the end of the food-related posts, but we’ll see. :)

  4. “Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; and so shall ye be my disciples” John 15:8

    We are a channel for the fruit (no, not the Food Network) and the Holy Spirit grows that fruit through our close journey with Him. We get our due when we please the Father.

    Thanks Jason…
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    • And He even prunes us so we can produce maximum fruit! It’s not easy being fruity, but ultimately there is no greater joy. Thank you, Jay. Wonderful thoughts.

  5. Well the fruits were first displayed, and do come from Christ. So it’s not really our fruit, that’s certainly a powerful thought, one that could. and should, change our whole mindset. However, when He is the vine, and we are the branches, what do branches do but produce fruit with seeds in them.
    Ed recently posted..Silent Women? No Way!My Profile

    • We can’t help but produce when we are in that flow. Exactly, Ed! Thanks so much.

  6. Excellent points!

    Fruit isn’t for me, it’s for me to give to others. We are to bless others with joy, love, peace, and so on.
    TC Avey recently posted..What You Do Today Can Determine Your TomorrowMy Profile

    • Yeah! Thanks so much, TC!

  7. I guess it parallels the gifts that God gives us. They are not just for our own benefit, but to serve God by serving others. I suppose that as we use our gifts to serve, we are bearing fruit that God develops within us.
    Mike recently posted..Who Are You When No One Else is Looking?My Profile

    • Definitely. Great thoughts, Mike. Our gifts get us noticed, but they ultimately point back to Him when they are yielded. That’s when they are most effective as well.

      Thank you.

  8. Everything thing we put our hands to do brings some kind of fruit.There will be times when our hands produce rotten fruit but when we produce good fruit that cancels it out. Adam & Eve messed up when they ate the fruit ( I believe that fruit represented the tithe) But Jesus came and gave us life again so we can be fruitful again.
    andrew singh recently posted..Christmas-Winterland Photo ExtravaganzaMy Profile

    • Yeah, we produce fruit--either good or bad. No getting around that. Thanks for your thoughts, Andrew.

  9. Nice post! John 15:4,5 says ‘the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide…he that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit’. Just like andrew said we can produce good and bad fruits depending on who we abide in. Christ wants us to abide, remain and be planted in Him. This will help us be fruitful and be useful for the kingdom. God bless you. http://www.daghewardmills.org

    • Absolutely! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.