According to Matthew 21, on the Monday before His crucifixion Jesus cursed a fig tree that He passed by because He found that it had not produced any fruit. There have been different ideas presented as to the meaning of the cursing of the fig tree, but is it safe to say that God has an expectation that our lives will produce spiritual fruit?
There are two ways that our life produces spiritual fruit. The first is found in the book of Galatians and says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Can you imagine how radically different our lives would be if that was what was produced in us and coming out of us? Can you imagine what your marriage would look like? Can you think of any situation that would come into your life that you could not handle?
God wants us to experience the Holy Spirit’s fruit produced in us because that’s what we need to have a rich, full, rewarding, satisfying life. A life filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control is a life worth living. It’s the kind of life that everybody’s looking for, but most people don’t know where to find.
The other reason God wants our lives to display that kind of spiritual fruit is because it leads to the other kind of “fruit” our lives should produce. I’m referring to seeing other people commit their lives to Jesus Christ as a result of what they see and experience in our lives.
I don’t know of anybody that wants to be miserable, unhappy, angry, fearful, impatient, unkind, and everything else that’s the opposite of the fruit of the Spirit. When our lives display the beautiful fruit of the Spirit of God people are drawn to it. They want to know where we got it and how they can have it.
A lot of people already think that fully-devoted followers of Jesus are nuts. Why not show them our fruit as well?
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