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?