How is my fruit? Spiritual fruit, that is. Is it big, or small? Is it thriving, or growing slowly?
These are some of the thoughts that have been running through my head the last few weeks. It is kind of a scary thing to ask other people these questions, and even more intimidating to ask Jesus what he thinks. What will they say? Sometimes I would rather just forget about these thoughts and go on living the unexamined life, but I know God desires me to become more like him. Asking these questions will definitely give me the opportunity to grow and change.
Galatians 5:22 & 23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
After reading this scripture, I realized I was thinking about spiritual fruit erroneously. Spiritual fruit is not about the things I am doing with my life, my actions. It’s about who I am, my character.
I heard a wise person (can’t remember who…) once say, “When life squeezes you, what’s inside will come out.” It’s about that unguarded moment when I react without thinking. How do I respond when I am under intense pressure? What is my response when my kids push my buttons? Does kindness come out, or anger? Gentleness, or harshness? My response shows me what my character is composed of. Does it taste good, or does it taste rotten?
I will leave you with a quote from Timothy Keller.
“Graces, often called spiritual fruit, are beauties of character…Spiritual gifts are what we do; spiritual fruit is what we are.”
Written by Chad Johnson