fruit to grow

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23a, NLT)

Yesterday we looked at how being in rooted in Jesus makes you radical (the word for radical in Latin means, rooted). Just like in a tree, once your root system is strong, you are connected to a perpetual source of support and nourishment. This root system develops spiritual produce in your life known as the fruit of the Spirit. Today’s verse gives us a bushel basket overflowing with wisdom as to what the fruit of the Spirit is and means for life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

I think this is a really insightful metaphor. A tree can only produce one kind of fruit. You won’t see oranges on a lemon tree, or pears on an apple tree. A fruit tree is only able to produce the produce it’s designed to produce. With the Spirit, though, God is able to produce a cornucopia of goodness in you to help you mature in Him. The fruit of the Spirit then works to help attract other people to God based on the fruit that naturally grows out of you.

And therein lies the point. This fruit develops and grows naturally, but like even the most productive tree, you must be cultivated. This is the work God longs to do in your life. In John 15:1-8, Jesus taught that the Father is the Gardner, Christ is the system providing the stability and nourishment, and the Holy Spirit works to produce fruit in your life. In verse 5, we read, “Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

God is the Gardner, cultivating your life. Jesus protects, stabilizes, and nourishes you. The Spirit causes the fruit to grow naturally. God wants to give you fruit to grow. Will you let Him?

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the produce you want to produce in my life. I want to connect in you and allow you, the Eternal Gardner, to cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in me to help attract others to you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.