“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
A Fruitful Life
(Please read Galatians 5:22-23)
Speak of Christian fruit-bearing and we may immediately think of converting sinners to the Lord. But even if we’re not in position to do that, or don’t have much success at it, we must bear fruit in the spiritual sense.
Our text, perhaps the most comprehensive passage on the subject, speaks of “fruit,” not “fruits.” It seems to do no violation to the passage to refer to any one of those components – love, joy, peace, patience and the other five – as “a fruit” of the spirit, but in truth they’re all wrapped up together, and if the Spirit bears fruit in your life it contains all those admirable qualities. Which means that we should never get the idea that some quality or other, say patience, is just not attainable by us. Sure it is, because it’s a part of the fruit of the Spirit.
A couple of other “fruits” to be borne by the Christian are not so obvious in many later translations as in the King James Version. Romans 6:22 includes the phrase, “fruit unto holiness” (KJV). Some versions explain this as a benefit we reap by becoming servants of God, indicating that we begin harvesting our first biblical fruit the day we become Christians.
And in Philippians 4:17 (KJV) Paul described the assistance the Philippians had given as “fruit that may abound to your account.” If we ever come to appreciate the significance of this passage, there’ll be many more preachers and therefore many more branches on the Vine to bear fruit for him.
May God help us in our endeavors to be fruitful servants for him.