This was my lunch yesterday. I've been doing a "fruit cleansing" for three days. The bowl looked so colorful - so inviting - so delicious and so nutritious - so luscious - so mouth watering - and the taste buds go on and on! And it WAS that GOOD going down!
It made me ponder about bearing [much] fruit.
I asked myself:
Do I bear fruit that is colorful and inviting?
Do I bear fruit that is delicious and nutritious?
Do I bear fruit that is luscious and mouth watering?
Is my the fruit I bear "in season"?
Is it fresh and ready picked?
Do I offer it to others freely?
We are all familiar with this passage from Galatians in one of the more common translations here:
Galatians 5:22-23 [NIV]
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
but just ponder for a while this paraphrase - just how those fruit of the Spirit play out in our lives [or should]:
Galatians 5:22-23 [The Message]
22-23But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
How does bearing fruit play out in your life?
What has God been teaching you about it?
[JESUS - the One I THIRST For]