What is the fruit of the Spirit? Galatians 5:22 might come to mind. If you are able, turn to your neighbor and list the fruit of the Spirit (without looking it up). God did not intend this as a "do list," but a "grow list." The fruit of the Spirit is something that happens as a result of God working in your life. There is something we are called to "do." Read on, in the first of this 10-part series, to learn "how" God plans to grow fruit in your life.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Gal.5:22-23 CSB)
First, all who truly believe in Jesus Christ will bear fruit at some point in their lives. There may be fruitful seasons and barren seasons, but this fruit is the result of faith in Jesus Christ. Next, fruit does not just "happen" by itself. Followers of Jesus are to be involved in "good works," so that they don't end up being "unfruitful" (Titus 3:14). But it is not just good works that does it. Jesus says "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Fruit is also a result of being "plugged in" to Jesus. A lamp has no light unless it is plugged in. Are you plugged in to Jesus? Many claim to follow Jesus, but their lives do not show it. If you belong to God, then you are his work zone. He has a new purpose for you. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them" (Eph. 2:10).
You cannot have a fruitful life if you are not in a relationship with Jesus. He has a plan for you, and wants to use you. You cannot be fruitful if you refuse the job He has prepared for you. Are you doing what God has prepared for you to do? Take some time and take your plans before God.
Next week we will begin to look at the fruit of the Spirit, listed in Galatians 5:22-23.