Where Are Your Fruits?

When a baby is born, inasmuch as everyone loves and goshes over the cuteness of that baby, no one wants that baby to remain small forever. As a parent, you watch out for developmental milestones. Doctors have expectations for that child. In England, we have a red book that gives you an idea of what your child should be doing at every stage. If at 1yr old, your baby can’t sit up, you won’t just laugh about it and take it for granted. You will certainly raise concerns and find out what the problem is.

Just as growth is appreciated in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. When we give our lives to God, we are like a newborn baby. God expects growth from us. As a Christian, we should be able to look into our lives and see Christlike traits in us. We should be able to see the fruits of the spirit manifesting. People should notice a difference between the new us and the old us. Otherwise, there is a problem.

We all came to Christ as we were but we are not expected to remain the way we were. As a father, God has an expectation with regards to the growth of His children because He is a loving Father.

He is our Father. He is our source. We are attached to Him.

““Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The above bible verse shows that growth is certain for those attached to God. I love how it doesn’t say “…. may produce fruits”. Rather it says “…… will produce much fruits”. Not just one or few fruits but much fruits.

The result of us being attached to the vine, is fruit bearing.

John 15:16 tells us that the kind of fruits we bear when attached to the Vine isn’t seasonal fruits. They aren’t based on the time of the day we are met. They aren’t based on our mood. They last through the tests of time. By the way we can’t attest to the quality of our fruits until they go through tests. I have realised that whenever I decide to have more self control, that is when I get tested the most in this area. From the moment I wake up, it’s almost like everyone starts getting on my nerves.

This is a good way to test if I am yielding myself to the Spirit of God or to my flesh and emotions.

A tree is judged by its fruits. So when people expect us to do better as Christians, they aren’t wrong. We should do better if we claim we are attached to the Holy God.

I think our challenge most times is that we do not allow ourselves to stay attached. We pull ourselves out when we want “to show people that they shouldn’t mess with us”. You know those moments? Well I have them too. After doing our thing our way and reacting to things the way we feel like, we then come back to attach to God. This is the reason why we fluctuate. Yes some of us bear fruits but they don’t last. They can’t stand harsh conditions. We are ok with minor offences. However we like dealing with the major ones the way we like to because God’s way sometimes is too calm.

So if I may ask, where are your fruit?

Everyone is preaching. Praise God for that. But we need to see the fruits of what is being preached. No one that had an encounter with Jesus Christ remained the same. Well apart from Judas Iscariot who we know his story well.

The fruits of the spirit aren’t spiritual gifts. So everyone who claims he/she identifies with Christ should have “…..love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

When it comes to exhibiting the fruits of the spirit, I think we give all of the work to the Holy Spirit and we sometimes fail to realise that we have a part to play.

“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I love how the above verse uses the word “follow”. This is where our part comes in. We need to make conscious choice to obey and yield to the voice of the Holy Spirit always. The Holy Spirit isn’t going to force us to stop cursing, gossiping, and doing other evil things. Those feelings will creep in but we are to say no to them and say yes to love and self control. It’s a choice.

Paul said “I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The disciplining of the flesh is done by us and not the Holy Spirit. Philippians 4:13 also applies to being able to yield to the Holy Spirit. So let’s get our heart in check.

Do we just enjoy talking and writing about holiness only or do we actually practice what we preach? To him that is given more, more is expected. If you are a Christian blogger, leader in church or someone who occupies a certain office in ministry, understand that every post, teaching and sermon you do, will either speak in your favour or used against you on the judgement day. This includes me. We know better. Let’s do better.

God bless🙂

16 thoughts on “Where Are Your Fruits?

  1. A massive ouch and amen to your post Efua!

    I have been reflecting on the fruits of the spirit and our participation in this process over the last couple of weeks. We/the church can bang on about this stuff until the cows come home but if we are not actually showing that we are any different or there isn’t any growth then we need to really evaluate our lives right? This is why Discipleship in our Christian communities is so important I reckon.

    “So if I may ask, where are your fruit?” – Awesome question. I think this question is more asked from the pulpit (while it needs to be asked I think it needs to be more personal) than in more intimate settings where its more confronting, and it should be confronting.

    I am challenged and encouraged by your words and call to action. Thank you

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    1. It was challenging for me too. And I agree totally with everything you said. I must confess I can’t confidently say I tick all the boxes when it comes to the fruits of the spirit. And I need to do better as we can’t pick and choose on the ones we would like to exhibit. So yeah this girl over here is vowing to do better. I’m glad you found it as challenging as I did. Thank you for stopping by.

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      1. I really think its seasonal as well. While we are new creations and have this idea then that we should be completely different and producing the good stuff all the time, well I don’t think we should put that kind of pressure on ourselves. Its the fruit of the spirit, not the fruit of the Dave, even though we are participating in exercising discipline and walking in the spirit. I think when we spend time self examining our lives and honestly take our stuff to God that’s when the supernatural stuff starts to take place. Hope this makes sense

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      2. Absolutely. I also think we need to also make conscious choices to obey the spirit. For example, someone offends me and I really want to clap back but the choice to simply lean towards what God says or clap back is totally mine. And this is where the “I discipline myself” comes in. I believe we can’t really walk in the spirit if we are not conscious about it.

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  2. The Fruit of the Spirit is our behavioral Template. I believe that our children should 1) be taught who they are in Christ, and 2) learn to apply these traits in daily living. Visit my other site – youngchristisnesrriors.com. It’s in transition, earlier posts are about raising children to become Young Christian Warriors. The Lord recently gave me a revelation, when He gave me the name of my site and charge over it, He did not define young as chronological age, but level of maturity in the Word and our walk with Him. All this to say, there are two Posts on The Fruit of the Spirit.

    God Bless!

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  3. Amen, what a powerful post! It’s important people understand having the fruits of the spirit, like you shared, is not the same as spiritual gifts.

    We have the opportunity to continually harvest all of the fruits of the Spirit, and what a bountiful harvest that is!!!

    I strive to reflect Christ as I can in my writing, and I try to hold myself accountable as well. I remind myself I can always grow more, but I have to be willing to admit and seek forgiveness first.

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    1. Yes T. R. It is a wonderful opportunity indeed! We have so much assurance that the Holy Spirit is there to help us as well! And I thank God for you. And I am glad that you are pressing into God so you can grow more. God bless you my sis.❤️

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  4. melina johnson

    wow ! such a great post,I love the fact that we cant just produce any fruit,but the fruits that only. comes from the pertain particuliar tree.Thanks Efua,

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