As I sit here in one of my favorite Cannon Falls spots thinking about what to write, I see people going by and wonder what is important to them. What are they striving for and what do they want others to see in them? Of course then I remember that I need to consider my own life.
Now, I can think of a lot of things I want out of life. I want to be a great husband and dad. I want to do well as a pastor and leader of my church. I want to have places I can go to enjoy a cup of coffee and update my Facebook status without having to plug in to an outlet!
Deep down however, there something more that I want; something I want people to see in me. The words of a kids’ song we’ve written at True North are going through my mind right now. It’s called “The Fruits of the Spirit” and starts like this: “The fruits of the Spirit work best together, living and shining everywhere we go. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and goodness; faithfulness, gentleness and, oh yeah, self-control.” These are the things I want more of in my life. What could be better than having a life that shines with characteristic such as these?
It is the Apostle Paul who wrote about the “fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5:22. He notes that “against such things there is no law”. These “fruits” bring value to others. Who could be opposed to seeing more of them in you? Isn’t it great that the things God wants to produce in our lives; what He wants us to develop in obedience to Him, are the very things that we all long for from one another. Is anyone going to tell you that they’ve had enough love and patience from you? Are they going to say, “You are way to faithful and self-controlled. Just cut it out, would you?” No! I think it is safe to assume that we all want and need more “fruit of the Spirit” in our lives.
As I consider how to produce more of this fruit, I do have to acknowledge that I can’t do it on my own. I need help! Notice they are the fruit of the SPIRIT rather than the fruit of ME. This kind of fruit results from a life lived in dependence upon God.
I want these things shine everywhere I go. May you also have a fruitful life