My High School classmates are still interested in exploring life. Few are sitting around waiting for the ‘grim reaper’. One loves to take college courses, auditing them to learn something new. Another is fascinated by the history of Judaism and Christianity as it impacts American history. Someone else sculpts commissioned iron-work while teaching skiing at the New Hampshire resort he lives at.
Keep growing as we get older. But in what way? Certainly, we’ll want to get closer to Him until we’re with Him forever…and then that’s just the beginning!
In Galatians 5, Paul contrasts the ‘works of the flesh’ with the ‘fruit of the Spirit’. For most of my life, ‘flesh’ is more than present. Not always a bad thing. But the Apostle Paul is not referring to the body we inhabit! He means the actions that flow from our sinful nature.
I notice is that the ‘flesh’ is not some victim, but an aggressive part of our nature. What we can and must control. Sometimes, our proclivity toward sin leads to that sin’s domination. Serious stuff indeed.
The other side is the ‘fruit of the Spirit’. No way can we take credit for what comes from the Holy Spirit. Fruit comes from good trees and plants. Healthy ones. Nurtured and well-fertilized. Protected from predators and the elements.
In our walk with the Lord, we don’t create that fruit. That comes from Him, as we do our part. Like praying, reading our Bibles, giving to Christian causes, and lots more which prepare the soil to produce good fruit.
Personally, I’m preparing the ‘soil’. Taking no personal credit. From Him…through us.
The pie of choice for your holiday table? Nothing like a good fruit pie…from the Lord!
Lord, we need good fruit of the Spirit in our lives. Amen.