There is nothing like ripe, fresh fruit.
To be able to pick a piece of fruit from the tree and eat it is one of the great experiences of life.
I remember, years ago, when I lived in Oak Harbor, Ohio and experiencing the thrill of picking cherries from our trees in our back yard. I still remember climbing those trees and sitting high up on one of the branches and picking and eating fresh cherries by the hand full. I still reflect in amazement that was part of my childhood. I surely did not appreciate the experience at the time.
I am not sure that I can ever remember eating cherries in my adult life that were as fresh and sweet as those I picked back in those days.
Fresh fruit is the ultimate sign of life from a fruit tree. It tells you, without any doubt, this tree is alive! And because of that life we enjoy the fruit.
There is one more thing I think about when my thoughts wander to this topic of fruit- fresh fruit has a sweetness to it. It’s as if one of the great evidences of fresh fruit is a sweet subtle taste that makes you want more.
So what is the evidence of life for the Christian?
What tells the world, as they walk by, that you are alive in Christ?
It’s the fruit!
Here’s how Paul describes the fruit that comes from us when we are alive in Christ,
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
The thing about this kind of fruit is that others should be drawn to it, there’s a sweetness about our lives that should make them want to be around us. The fruit of the Spirit coming out of our lives should draw others to us and ultimately to Christ.
It’s the same thing that happened when Jesus was here… people loved being with Him.
The fruit of his life was sweet and refreshing.
So this is what I am pondering today. In clear self-evaluation, I am wondering if the fruit that I produce is pointing others to see Christ in me? I want to be recognized by the fruit of the Spirit. However, I am reminded of the times that no one could see Christ in me because I was too full of myself.
There was no room for fruit to grow.
Too often, I was caught up in the throes of the dogma of religion and not in living in the freedom that being alive in Christ brings.
As I reflect, my challenge to you, is for you to evaluate what is the evidence of the life of Christ in you?
Does the fruit of your life have the sweet taste of God’s presence or the bitter taste of self and religion?
Is there evidence that you are alive in Christ? How does it taste to those around you?