I was watching a cooking YouTube channel earlier. A man enthusiastically talked about the vegetables he raises in his own garden – all types of greens and herbs – to add to healthy organic smoothies. I don’t know much about gardening, but after watching this gentleman, I’m ready to plant some tomatoes! There are a lot of different guides for planting and harvesting. What you plant depends on the soil and weather conditions in your area. You want to plant and harvest at the right times. Any farmer will tell you, if you want corn, you have to plant corn. You can’t plant an apple seed and expect and orange tree. The seed that’s planted deep in the ground germinates and draws nutrients from the soil. Stems and branches reach for the warmth of the sun. The plant grows and flowers, then produces fruit. Fruit nourishes the body and the seeds inside can be planted.
As Christians we are redeemed and forgiven. Praise God! We are new creations! We have assurance of heaven. God challenges us to become more and more like Him and grow in the faith. We are still living in a corrupt world so we have to struggle between our spiritual nature and earthly nature. Christians still have to have to make thousands of decisions daily about whether to put God first or to follow our own selfish nature.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22-23
I think more we invest in our time with the Lord and the more His Spirit works in our hearts, the more we’ll see the fruit of the Spirit. I’ve seen growth in my own life. I used to be really impatient and angry! If I didn’t get my own way I would start to complain. I would make my family miserable with arguments. That has all changed, not because of anything I did in my own strength, but because of God at work within me, I’ve seen that I have much to be grateful for. I’m more willing to listen to others’ perspective before jumping in with my opinion. I’m much happier and there’s more peace in my family.
Take a few minutes to think about the fruit of the spirit. What do you see in your life? How do you respond to long lines in the grocery store or someone kicking your seat in an airplane? Life is full of little annoyances that show us what’s inside. (My Mom laughingly calls them, “Growth opportunities!”) God can show you areas where you need to grow.
I think we have to be wise when we make decisions about people we choose to be friends with, allow to care for our children, or start businesses with. Look at the fruit in their lives. How do they treat their own families? Do they gossip? Are they kind? The fruit you see in others’ lives will help you choose quality people to spend time with.
Are there any particular areas where you need growth in your life?
Written By: Corey Vance
Corey Vance is the owner and CEO of NewChristianStore.com where their mission is to inspire those of the Christian faith to outwardly display their devotion to Christ. When not contemplating new ways to spread the Gospel, Corey spends quality time with his spouse and two young children, exploring the wonders of this beautiful world that God created for us. Please reach out and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.