I’m going to ask you to take a quick inventory (No, not of your pantry, geez I’m not the food police). Let’s take a quick inventory to see if you have ever felt or someone might describe you as being:
If you’re anything like me, at one time or another I would describe myself as all of the above. As we have been on this journey of discovering real, authentic, nutritious foods that are good for us, I also believe it’s vital to take a spiritual inventory. And the Bible actually uses an imagery of food to help us better understand this concept.
The nine words I listed above are actually the opposite of the Nine Fruits of the Spirit “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Don’t these words sound wonderful? Like a perfect way to life life, right? I mean who doesn’t want to be loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, etc. Doesn’t that sound like the life you dream of. Or maybe your thinking you wish someone living in the same house as you would be more like this. Or maybe it’s someone you work with, a teammate, your boss, your in-laws.
Where do these fruits come from?
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” John 15:4-5
You want to be a better spouse, parent, employee, boss, friend, sister, daughter? You want to bear fruit (love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control). The answer my friend is above “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.” This is an illustration of a vine and a branch. Christ is the vine and we are the branches. Have you ever seen a stick laying on the ground? What happens to it, of course, it dies, because it is not connected to the vine. Silly question, but what a great illustration for us. In order to do anything it says, you must be connected to the vine. You want to bear fruit, connect to the vine, you want to be more loving, connect to the vine. You want to be more patient, connect to the vine. You get the point?
How Do you Stay Connected to the Vine (God)?
1-Remain in God’s Word
2-Remain in Fellowship
3-Remain in Prayer
4-Remain amazed by God’s Creation
5-Remain Faithful in Service
Which of the 9 items listed above do you struggle with the most? What’s one way you can start connecting to the Vine (God)?