But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.
– Galatians 5:22
In Washington, DC every year the Washingtonians look forward to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival celebrates the arrival of the spring season. Flowering cherries grow rapidly and when they bloom it is pretty fascinating to watch. All they need is sun and well-drained soil to mature. The yoshino cherry blossom can grow a whole three feet in just one year.
When we have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ we are bound to produce fruit, because he is constantly working in us to cultivate growth. Intimacy with Jesus is like being placed in that well drained soil that nourishes the cherry blossom. The sun is like his presence that radiates through every fiber of the being. A healthy cherry blossom grows. A person with healthy relationship with Jesus also grows when they are rooted in his word.
Are you in the same place spiritually that you were 6 months ago? Or have you noticed sprouts of growth. We never arrive on the vine. We continue to grow and be pruned. When spring season comes it is joyous, because even those around you can tell there is something different about you. You’ve matured in an unimaginable way.
It’s God’s will for you to be fruitful. Putting the kingdom of God as first priority in your life will cause you grow in the fruits of the spirit. Your Love for God, his word, yourself and others will grow and multiply. Your joy will grow and be contagious. Your peace will grow because your trust deepens. Your kindness will grow because you are grateful and more considerate as you see God’s hand of mercy in your life. Your goodness will grow as you imitate your father. Your faithfulness will grow as you see that he is faithful.
John 15:16 lets us know that “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” Part of being on the vine, in intimate relationship with Christ, is answered prayer. When he knows that his word is in you and you truly have a heart like his, he says he will give you what you are asking for according to his will. His will is his word. Praying the word of God is key to answered prayer. Another key is having the word flood your heart. King Solomon was man after God’s own heart. God allowed him to ask for anything he wanted and he asked for wisdom, when God saw that he didn’t ask for wealth in honor he gave him beyond what had asked or imagined because he was not carnally minded.
His grace is what allows your fruit to grow and multiply just like it says in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen”.
Today’s Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that you will grow me up in the things of God. Cause me bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Cultivate my heart and my mind that I may be a fruitful vine and multiply as you have promised. In Jesus name, Amen.