This past Sunday we started a new series entitled, Fruit of the Spirit. The series is based on the verses from Galatians 5: 22 – 23. The fruit of the Spirit is something I have realized that I personally need a lot of development in. God has been revealing to me that I need less bruised fruit, as Dr. TV Thomas calls it. Fruit that lasts. Fruit that brings God glory.
This past Sunday we started the series by looking at John 15: 1 – 17. This Wednesday night we are going to dive into these verses even deeper during the adult time of our Generations service (Wednesday nights 6:30pm – 8:00PM). The verses from John 15 talk about us choosing to remain in God. To remain attached to the source of all the good fruit. When we remain in God, then we will produce fruit that will last.
If you were at church on Sunday you would have seen the wonderful tree of fruit that Maxine made for this series. I personally love visuals that remind me of what God is saying. The tree really drew me into the series. My daughters Kim and Kate were in the sanctuary after the service. Kim (almost 4) and Kate (6) were standing at the bottom of the steps. I stopped to watch them, when I heard Kim say to Kate, ‘Kate come see the Spirit tree.’ It was incredible. They had both been in the back and as far as I could tell I had not told either of them anything about the tree. It was a special moment to hear from the mouth of a child that the Holy Spirit is being talked about at our church. It presented me both an opportunity and a challenge. An opportunity to tell my two youngest children about the fruit that will be evident in our lives when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us. A challenge that they are watching me. I have some work to do on the challenge part.
This week I have a choice: Will I remain in God and produce lasting fruit that is not bruised? Pray for me. Pray for each other. Pray for our body of CLC to be full of loving people who produce lasting fruit.
Your brother in the family of God,