Have we ever wondered what difference our lives might make? How can our lives bring blessing to other people? How can our lives be of ultimate lasting value? How can we lead fruitful lives?
Fruitfulness comes from faithfulness to God
If our lives are to be fruitful we have to stay faithful to God in the difficult times. It is relatively easy to be faithful to God when all is going well in life. The true test of faith comes when we face great trials. Joseph’s life was immensely fruitful (Genesis 37–50). Pharaoh made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, to instruct his princes as he pleased, and teach his elders wisdom (Psalm 105:21–22).
Joseph’s fruitfulness came at a price. In his early days it did not seem like his life would be at all fruitful. Joseph was sold as a slave Psalm 105:18 says, “Joseph, sold as a slave.They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons.” Joseph went through betrayal, slavery, temptation, imprisonment, and a great deal of suffering.Yet, in all this Joseph remained faithful. Not only did Joseph remain faithful to God despite his seeming abandonment; he also remained faithful to his family in forgiving them, rather than blaming and rejecting them. Ultimately, his faithfulness led to great fruitfulness.
The Fruit of the Spirit is God's love and work in us, the love of Christ flowing in through His Holy Spirit in and out of us! We have God's living presence living in us. As Christians, we have the ability to reflect His fruit and character. This then becomes our visible evidence of our relationship and growth in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. As our fruit and love for the Lord grows it is contagious and affects nonbelievers. We display Christ by our manner, demeanor, and temperament.
If we are abiding in Christ and His holy Word we should see the Fruit of the Spirit producing in our lives.The word “abide” means to dwell in, to live in, and be present in. Every Christian should be bearing some Fruit of the Spirit. Some may bear more and some not as much, but every believer should be bearing at least some fruit. We need to be faithfully living our lives for Christ and keeping the Lord the center of our hearts and minds.
Colossians 1:10 says, “Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Let’s seek to live a life that honor and pleases the Lord and that will produce an abundance of fruit! John 15:8 declares, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” Let’s bring great glory to our Father!