The fruit of our lives is evidence of the condition of our hearts.
Our lives speak all the time. Our actions, our interactions, our relationships with others, our impact on the world around us reveal not only our intentions, but the condition of our hearts. Jesus made it clear (Matthew 7:15-32) that what is happening in our hearts spills out in our words and our actions. Your life produces fruit – either good fruit that glorifies God and blesses those around you, or fruit of destruction.
What kind of fruit do you see your life producing right now? What kind of impact do you have in your interactions with others?
Bearing fruit that pleases God comes from keeping in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and allowing God to continually do the work of transforming our hearts so that our lives are filled with more of His love, power and goodness. But it is sometimes a painful process. In John 15, Jesus paints a picture of how God prunes those who are fruitful, cutting away the dead and unnecessary things to allow us to become more fruitful. We have to allow God to shape us, to prod and poke and reveal the things in us that should not be there and to lovingly remove them, no matter how painful it may be. Pruning and discipline are not pleasant, but they are necessary and beneficial so that we can bear fruit that glorifies God.
Fruitfulness is sometimes also a slow process. Just as trees do not produce fruit all year round, sometimes we go through seasons in which we feel like we aren’t producing spiritual fruit and we may become frustrated with ourselves. We have to remember that sometimes growth happens beneath the surface so that trees can be more firmly established and produce a more abundant harvest in the next season.
It is important to pause, now and then, and to evaluate the kind of fruit our lives are producing and whether we are growing and becoming more fruitful. Is the fruit of your life feeding and bringing spiritual nourishment to others?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23