Monday, January 06, 2014


OFTEN, AT THE FIRST OF THE YEAR we take some time to look back over the past 365 days. We ask ourselves questions that fall in the realm of, “How did we do last year?” “Did we meet our goals?” “Did we come out in the black?” “Was it a fruitful year?”

Instead of looking back at our fruitfulness, or lack thereof, I want us to consider what kind of fruit we will produce in the year that is open before us. Not so much in quantity, though a bumper crop is appreciated, but rather in the quality of our fruit. How juicy? How delectable? How mouth-watering and enjoyable is the fruit we produce? And, there is, of course, the question of just what kind of fruit should we be growing? I believe God’s Word gives us a directive as to type and quality.  Let us consider the writing of the Apostle Paul to the church in Galatia (Don’t try finding it on today’s globe, but a map in the back of your Bible might prove useful.)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

It’s quite a delicious sounding list and as food groups go, mostly likely much better for us than a Double-Double from In-N-Out Burger! As the weeks progress I will take a shot at each of these fruit and look for ways in which we can incorporate them into our daily diet. I would guess that as we do, we shall find ourselves more spiritually healthy as the year progresses, and that’s not a bad thing.

This week I would like to point out two important facts regarding these fruit. First, they are Holy Spirit produced, so that means in order for them to grow in us we need to surrender to His work in us. Second, notice that this is really one fruit, and  a very interesting hybrid. We don’t get to choose which one we will produce, it’s a package deal.

Ready?  Then let’s get growing!
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