One of the important stages in our lives as believers is the growing up stage and moving on to the next step in maturing in the faith and catching up with the learnings that we have long since been blinded to while we were yet sinners. This begs the question: so what do I do after this wonderful gift of a new life in Christ? Whats next?
If you only dare to look for the word “fruit” in the Bible, the KJV will lead you to a couple of passages, here’s a few of them:
John the Baptiser says in Luke 3:8-9
8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to [our] father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
in Luke 13:9 Jesus tells of a parable that alludes to this “bearing fruit” concept which also reiterates…
And if it bear fruit, [well]: and if not, [then] after that thou shalt cut it down.
Yes, its pretty clear that Christians who proclaim they are, should bear fruit in their being. It seems quite obvious what the outcome be if they didn’t.
What type of fruits are we talking about here? Its not anything we can really muster on our own without sensing we’re only trying to be someone we’re not or for other people who knows the real life we live to say its mere showing off, or temporal that the effects are fleeting. They really can tell cant they. We’re talking about fruits that can only come from the root of everything we believe in – Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
in John 15:4-5, Jesus says:
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
In Galatians we are taught of several fruits that are essential for believers to have. Its time we reflected on our own lives about these things, not to say we have this and that and so we finally got it, definitely not, but to see if we have followed Christ’s example about all of them in spirit and in truth.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
- Love – The greatest of all; unconditional even unto death for those that don’t deserve it
- Joy – true gladness of heart coming from the hope in the Lord for everything
- Peace – True security and calmness in the Lord in any situation
- Longsuffering – Patience and endurance while in the world, undergoing temptations, persecutions, handling afflictions
- Gentleness – true gentleness in character and demeanor, integrity. Top notch moral values
- Goodness – Kindness of heart for others in need and lost, not only ones close to you which should have been your first priority anyway.
- Faith – One that doesn’t rely on sight, knowledge or on oneself or others but only in God. Faith that can move mountains.
- Meekness – true Humility. Accepting mistakes. Not wanting recognition for ones’ achievements, letting the person have the glory understanding that your Father in heaven knows everything. Knowing that everything on earth is temporal and seeking the heavenly treasures of God instead.
- Temperance – Self Control: in arguments, in getting angry, at a time of testing/ temptation, following that still small voice reminding you what you ought to do instead of satisfying that urge, always resisting the devil (see James 4:7)
Jesus wanted us to glorify the Father by bearing much fruit, lets do so by following how He spoke, responded, acted and thought.
John 15:8 says-
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.