“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
You may have some marks on a doorframe at your house. Some parents make those marks as their children get older to chart their growth. If your parents have done this, take the chance to look back at those marks. Can you believe you were ever that short?
As you go about your life as a disciple, do you think there are ways you can check your growth as a follower of Jesus? Paul spoke to this in Galatians 5:22-23. Stop for a second and read it. Now, Paul told the Christians in Galatia to keep an eye on their attitudes and actions each day. He called these the fruits of the Spirit. Just as a tree produces specific fruit, Christ-followers should be known for the things God produces in and through our lives, things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Want to track your growth as a follower? Keep an eye on how your life reflects these things. The more of your life you give to God, the more He’ll work through you to bring these qualities to life.
Think about this:
- Which of the fruits of the Spirit seem to flow more easily out of your life?
- Which ones seem to be more difficult for you?
- Have you noticed when your life is more in line with the teachings of Jesus that the fruits of the Spirit seem to come more naturally?
- This week, choose one of the nine fruits of the Spirit and ask God to work through your life to grow in that area. Maybe it will come from spending more time with Him, through a mission or ministry, or perhaps by sending circumstances your way that help perfect that particular fruit. Are you willing to pray that prayer?