Show me your fruit
Editor’s Note: This is a guest story by contributor Agnes Coleman. See Agnes’ last post for Devotional Diva, Say No to Crises.
If you had asked me this question few years ago, I would have looked at you like a deer in the headlights. For those of you who are not familiar with this expression – it means caught in a state of surprise. I was raised in a Christian home and thought I did the right things but didn’t know I had to bear fruit.
So, what does it mean to bear fruit? I am glad you asked because the word of God gave us a clear definition in (Galatians 5:22-23) of what it means – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law”.
As I reexamine my Christian walk with this definition in mind, I realized how ignorant I was and knew that I had to start by asking for forgiveness of my sins and choose to intentionally begin the process of bearing fruit with the help of the Holy Spirit. I am not there yet, but I am not where I use to be – praise God!
My friends, there are 3 areas that Satan uses to hinder us from bearing fruits – the lust of the flesh; eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). However, to live a victorious life, we must:
- Daily choose to do life God’s way – By evaluating and bridging the gap between God’s way and Satan’s way.
- Be embracing people – Loving what God loves and hating what God hates in His word.
- Pursue God’s purpose for our life – Call to salvation; spiritual growth and call to serve others.
Christ follower, pray that the Holy Spirt will ignite in your heart a passion for bearing fruit. If you are currently not a Christ follower, Jesus loves you – come and experience Him today.
All glory to God!
Agnes is a leader with proven business acumen in a variety of industries. She holds an executive MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and is also a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She is the author of Transforming Business with Godly Governance: Nine Characteristics for Workplace Success; God Cares for Me in Every Season: Godly Insights for Singleness, Marriage and Divorce; The Provisions of God: Insights from a Cat Named Mascot, and Weekly Insights for the Workplace: A Devotional for Christian Professionals