MONDAY, JUNE 1
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Bruce Larson, in Believe and Belong, tells how he helped people struggling to surrender their lives to Christ:
For many years I worked in New York City and counseled at my office any number of people who were wrestling with this yes-or-no decision. Often, I would suggest they walk with me from my office down to the RCA Building on Fifth Avenue. In the entrance of that building is a gigantic statue of Atlas, a beautifully proportioned man who, with all his muscles straining, is holding the world upon his shoulders. There he is, the most powerfully built man in the world, and he can barely stand up under this burden. ‘Now that’s one way to live,’ I would point out to my companion, ‘trying to carry the world on your shoulders. But now come across the street with me.’
On the other side of Fifth Avenue is Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and there behind the high altar is a little shrine of the boy Jesus, perhaps eight or nine years old, and with no effort he is holding the world in one hand. My point was illustrated graphically. We have a choice. We can carry the world on our shoulders, or we can say, “I give up, Lord; here’s my life. I give you my world, the whole world.”
At Northstar Church we kicked off our fruit of the Spirit series yesterday. This series isn’t about doing more for Christ as much as it is about letting Christ work through us. It’s about putting our whole world in His hands.
When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us. The evidence that He is there is called the fruit of the Spirit. When you look at the list of fruit in Galatians 5:22-23, which fruit do you think comes easiest for you to bear? Which fruit is the hardest for you to bear? Ask God to grow your fruitfulness through this series as you put your whole world in His hands.