Putting God's Word into Practice…

Galatians 5:22-6:18 Bumper Crop

on November 21, 2012

When my son was little, he loved The Wiggles.  They had a song that went like this: “Fruit salad…yummy, yummy!  Fruit salad…yummy, yummy!  Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummy fruit salad!”  Deep-I know!  But it’s what I think  of when I think about life filled with the fruit of the Spirit–appealing to look at, serve to others and healthy and delicious to taste!

I found it interesting that chapter 5 ended with a warning in regard to the fruit of the Spirit and chapter 6 kind of picks that theme up.  If our flesh takes over, the fruit we have can cause us to become conceited and think more of ourselves than we ought, or we could start looking around and envying the fruit of others.  If we plant the seeds of spiritual fruit in envy or conceit, we won’t harvest anything except corrupt, rotten fruit.

The fruit of the Spirit {love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control} is not just meant to be looked at or consumed and enjoyed, it has seeds that need to be planted.  When we plant the seeds of the fruit of the Spirit, this shows we really have the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit has been given to us as our seal until we are home with Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:13-14).  That’s why it says in 6:8, if we sow to the Spirit, we will reap from the Spirit eternal life.

The opposite of conceit and envy is doing good.  Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit.  We need to be planting goodness all over the place.  We are only able to do good to EVERYONE by surrendering to the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  That is the only way to be sure our motives are pure and we are humbly serving.  His power to do good through us also prevents weariness!  When we try to do good to EVERYONE in our own strength, we will tire out!

When we remember that we have been crucified with Christ, along with our worldly passions and desires, nothing else matters except sowing the fruit of His Spirit and the joy of the coming hope and harvest!

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