9 Mar

I’m sitting here drinking my morning protein shake and one word comes to my mind: fruitless.

Yep, we’re all out of fruit in the house. No strawberries or bananas for my smoothie. It still tastes okay–a decent mix of peanut butter and chocolate protein powder–but it lacks the nutrients I need that I normally get  from the fruit I put in it.

This makes me think about my life.

Am I bearing fruit in my life or have I been fruitless? Am I adding to the kingdom? Am I using the gifts God has given me to do his work and bring him glory? Have I been more like Christ with each day?

Or am I sitting here, selfishly trying to be a perfectionist so that others look at me and think highly of me? Am I reading my bible every day just so that I can tell my youth group students that they need to read their bibles every day without being convicted myself?

On the outside, I think a person can very well look like they are doing great works for the kingdom. But it’s all about what’s in our hearts. It’s about a desire to have a biblical heart. To be humble, to surrender, to allow the Word of God to speak to our hearts so that we change, we grow and we become more like Christ.

More on fruit

The Word tells us very clearly what the fruits of the Holy Spirit are in Galations 5:22-23.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to enter in, we are wholly surrendering ourselves to becoming more like Christ and bearing these qualities. But it takes work. Hard work. A lot of effort. It’s hard to have self-control, patience and kindness. But this is our calling.

Will you be challenged with me today to bear more fruit?


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9 Responses to “Fruitless?”

  1. Tom Raines March 9, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Glad you dropped by my blog which prompted me to come and read your fruit filled blog this morning. Amazing how God provides the fruit! We can share what we don’t realize we have! He produces fruit in all things. Blessings!

  2. Jonathan Stone March 9, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    It’s a great picture to meditate on today, Jen. I’m taking the challenge with you. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Chris Jordan March 9, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    I accept the challenge… I want to go throughout my day bearing MUCH FRUIT for Jesus!

  4. ieatlionsforbreakfast March 9, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    So true! We were discussing this last night at my life group. One thing we stumbled upon was that is the Spirit that produces these fruit in us. We each looked around in shame realzing how often we’ve tried and failed to produce these fruit ourselves. We then continued reading in Galatians to find Paul mention following the Holy Spirt. We concluded that as we put our focus on God he does these things in us! We need to keep our eyes Him the authour and finisher of our faith!

    • Jennifer Hope March 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      You are so right! As a little kid, I knew the bible verse in Galatians and knew that they were called “the fruits of the SPIRIT” but it wasn’t until I got older that I realized I couldn’t produce the fruit myself; it comes from the Holy Spirit! Thanks for reading!

  5. Mary Hamilton March 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Hi Jenn! Thanks for liking my blog. I really enjoyed reading yours. Look forward to reading more. I love the lessons from daily life, don’t you? Just like the parables Jesus told. He meets us right where we are.

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