Each Spring, the cherry tree in our front yard starts to grow little buds. The whole family begins to anxiously await the day that they are ripe enough to pick. They are usually ready around my husband’s birthday in July. So, we make a delicious cherry cobbler and serve it with ice cream on top to celebrate his special day.
But, their is one section of our cherry tree that doesn’t produce any cherries because that part of the tree is dead. The other day, I was telling my husband how disappointing it was that we couldn’t get any cherries from that side of the tree. How wonderful it would be to have a full tree of cherries to eat. I began to think about bearing fruit in our homes and how that’s only possible when we are ALIVE in Christ.
In this new series, we will learn about how we can grow spiritually by showing Christ’s love to our children through each characteristic listed in Galatians 5. We will dig into the Word together and study what it means to be fruitful in our parenting.
Are you spiritually healthy?
Healthy plants produce good fruit, just like a healthy heart produces spiritual fruit.
At almost 7 months postpartum, I’m currently dieting and exercising in an attempt to lose some of the baby weight that I gained when pregnant. Day after day, I plan my meals and try not to give into temptations. My long term goal is to be healthy and fit, not just lose weight quickly.
To reach this goal, it takes time. When we set out to be purposeful in the fruit we are bearing, it also takes time. We must study how God shows us these traits so that we can strive to become more like Him.
In this world, our definition of certain things can become twisted and only the Bible can set them straight. I encourage you to write out the scripture shared throughout this series and take notes that you can look back on.
He is the vine, we are the branches.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
Apart from Him we can do nothing. The first step to being fruitful is acknowledging that it can’t be done without Christ in us. We can want a home that displays love, joy, peace, etc but ONLY through Christ can we truly show these traits to those around us.
By humbling ourselves we must come and invite God to work through us to show His love to others.
Our firm foundation.
“Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward.” 1 Corinthians 3:12-14
Bearing fruit has eternal rewards. When the Spirit bears fruit in our lives, it can affect how others spend their eternity.
That’s not a task that should be taken lightly. So, will you join along?
Let’s commit to bear fruit and make our homes a little sweeter!
Which fruit of the spirit do you struggle with most?