Wednesday, May 19, 2010
what does bearing fruit mean?
Ben and I have been talking alot and reading the Bible and something hit us and we were like wow!! We came across in the Gospels right after Jesus warns us about false teachers and prophets that we would know them by their fruits. Now, a lot of us think that bearing fruit is the result of doing a ministry or this and that. But what we realized is that Jesus isn't talking about what they are doing, but how they are living. It makes sense because in Galatians there's the list of the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. These are all of the things that we should have in our day to day lives. Jesus said that He was the vine and we are the branches and if we abided in Him, He would abide in us. What does that mean? I think it means if we are looking to Him and walking in Him and reflecting Him in our lives, then we will bear fruit which are love, joy, peace and etc. We can do all the ministry stuff we want to and be very successful, but if our lives are not reflecting the Character of Christ then what we are doing doesn't matter. So how are we living today? Are we reflecting Christ who was all of these Fruits or are we just saying we are Christians and not really living it? Its all about living and not doing. Something to really think about. Even I'm still thinking about it and I want to learn more of what it means to be like Christ and bear fruit.