I love fall. The morning air is crisp, the trees begin showing off their autumn wardrobe, and apple picking is once again a popular weekend activity here in north Georgia. But there’s another kind of fruit that’s in season all year round – the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
While this fruit is familiar, by nature we’re pretty selfish, and our culture encourages a ‘me-first’ attitude. It’s easy to just go with the flow instead of listening to the Lord’s still, small voice and putting others ahead of ourselves.
I remember attending a conference years ago and sitting in a session about structuring a daily quiet time. The speaker had a lot of great points, but what resonated with me the most was this statement:
“If you’ve not been to the Source, you have nothing to give.”~ Conference Speaker (click to tweet)
Wow! The Lord knew exactly what I needed to hear. A lot of times I find myself trying to solve problems and fix situations in my own strength. You too? Without seeking the Lord and submitting to Him – even my best efforts fall short. My human wisdom and understanding won’t be helpful to people searching for answers – but here’s the beautiful thing:
When I spend time seeking God in His Word, and living out what He shows me, I can point others to Him – the Source with all the answers.
The apostle John put it like this:
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5; KJV
Did you catch that? Without Christ, we can do nothing of eternal significance. (click to tweet)
If you’re like me, you want your life to make an eternal impact. But the reality is that the fruit of the Spirit is noticed most when circumstances are out of control and the pressure is on. When everything is smooth sailing, it’s much easier to respond with love and kindness, but let your keys get lost, your child get hurt, or someone back into your car at the store and watch out – the test begins. Will you try to handle these situations on your own? Or will you yield to the Spirit so you can respond the right way?
When we stay connected to our Heavenly Father – through prayer and Bible study – notice that the verse in John 15 says we will “bring forth much fruit.” And that’s what pleases the Father. Take a look at verse 8:
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8
As you enjoy this beautiful fall season, stay connected to the Savior and allow Him to make you outrageously fruitful.
Are you staying connected to the Lord so you have something to give others? What step will you take today to reconnect?
Can I pray for you?
Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding us we need to abide in You to produce fruit that will last forever. Forgive us when we try to do things in our own strength. Give us grace when we fail, and help us know and love You more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
*I’ve recently released a 10-week Bible study, Outrageously Fruitful. I’m teaching through the book on Facebook Live each Wednesday. We’re discovering how to win the battle against selfishness and be fruitful believers! For more information and to register: www.mariaimorgan.com/its-time-bible-study
Here’s a sneak peek at last week’s lesson: https://www.facebook.com/WriterMariaIMorgan/videos/755322831275573/