I want to be a fruitful Christian. It’s pretty safe to assume that you do too. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be using a guide like this. A fruitful Christian can make a difference in this fragmented world. Paul lists the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22–23: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
The problem is that bearing fruit does not come naturally, at least not for most of us, because we go about it in the wrong way. Growing up in a culture that places its faith in techniques and methods, we naturally assume that there are certain things we must do to bear fruit. But you won’t find a technique for a fruitful Christian life anywhere in the Bible. As you read through the next several quiet times, you may experience some frustration. Bearing fruit is a supernatural experience and something that comes to us and through us. There is not something we must do; there is something we must be and someone we must know.
As Jesus gets ready to leave, he offers the disciples the means to make a difference in the world and to experience a more intimate relationship with him than they ever dreamed possible. He offers the same privilege to you and me.
Discipline for the Day
Today, acknowledge the fact that you cannot produce fruit in yourself. Relax in that. Allow it to be a comfort and joy. Quit striving and ask him to teach you what it is to “remain in the vine.”
Stephen D. Eyre and Jacalyn Eyre