When our family lived in Deerfield, Illinois we would go every year to Wauconda Apple Orchard to pick apples. We were always excited to see the trees filled with apples of various colors and flavors. The smell of the fresh fruit hanging in bunches on the trees to be picked and eaten brought such enjoyment. A fresh apple off a tree is so much juicier and sweeter!
Just like fresh apples are a visual of a healthy apple tree rooted and grounded in good soil, so is my life a visual to others of being rooted and grounded in Jesus. When I became a Christian, I experienced so much joy in my life and a deep love and mercy for others at school. It was visible to those around me, especially my parents. It was nothing I did myself but Jesus living in my life made a difference. It was fresh fruit – just like the fresh young fruit from the tree.
In Galatians 5:22 Paul listed some spiritual fruits that are evidence of a relationship with Jesus -“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” These nine fruits are a basic list of some things that we can expect to see in our lives as we allow Jesus to live through our lives. There are other fruits He produces in our lives as well. An important one to me which He produced in my life as a new believer was the fruit of being a verbal witness of Jesus to others. I call this the tenth fruit. Jesus told his followers as he was leaving this earth, “You will be my witnesses” in all the world- Acts 1:8.
These are ten fruits that I desire for Christ to continually produce in my life. I can’t produce these fruits on my own. Jesus wants to produce fruit in our lives through every circumstance and relationship, fruit that is fragrant and appealing to others around us. I pray Jesus will produce a fragrant aroma of fresh fruit like juicy apples hanging from a tree in my life. Today I’ll ask for more kindness towards those in my life.
What fruit are you asking him to produce in your life?
My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Imitate him in “public.” Most of us live in some sort of public capacity—many of us are called to work before our fellow-men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined—taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, “It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me.” —Charles Spurgeon