Being Christian Fruit
But the fruit ofthe Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
A few days ago a friend shared an interesting experience that brought to mind some thoughts on the Christian life.
Apparently he was at a friend’s home and ate a delicious peach that was given to him. He was visiting the same friend the following week and had another peach that the friend had just brought home, and this time the peach was bland and tasteless. The peaches were identical in appearance, had been purchased from the same location, and both had been purchased on the day that they were eaten, yet there was a vast difference in the taste and substance of them.
As I was listening to what was being said, I couldn’t help but relate it to how we appear as Christians, and if we really are what we appear.
When we are seen in church by others, or seen as friends / neighbours / co-workers / relatives who are always attending church, do people see the real us? When other people come into our lives, or we get involved in their lives, are we showing the freshness of the Fruit of the Spirit that will draw people back for another bite, or are we bland and tasteless, not being an encouragement of any sort that would draw anyone to Jesus.
When others see us, in regular life situations, is the Fruit of the Spirit visible in our lives, and are others able to receive nourishment through us, from Jesus?
The only way for good fruit to be seen in us is for each of us to be in close relationship with our Lord Jesus.
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will
bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
It is important to remember that Jesus Christ chose each of us to be His fruit bearers, to carry His fruit because it will last, and will not spoil or rot. When we bear the fruit from Jesus, we glorify our Heavenly Father and show that we truly are disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go
and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name
In any interaction we have with others, when we are walking in the Spirit, and bearing the Fruit of the Spirit, those we are with will experience a taste of the Presence of Jesus, and should be left wanting more of what we have, even if they do not realize what they are wanting. Just like when we have a bite of some delicious fruit, we desire more, when others have spent time with a Christian they should have had an experience that will give them a desire to be with us more and find out more of why we are like we are.
If our actions or words leave a distasteful result in those we have been with, we are not sharing the Fruit of the Spirit in the way Jesus desires.
With the Power of the Spirit within us, and a desire to be close to, and obedient to our Lord Jesus, we will have more opportunities to share the Love of Jesus.