by Krissy Hanna
“Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.” Hebrews 6:7-8
I think I first heard about the fruit of the Spirit when I was in Preschool. Since then, I’ve read about it, sung about it, and memorized it. But I’ve never really understood it.
Often in my life, I’ve tried without success to consistently display all the beautiful fruits listed in Galatians (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). Who doesn’t want to be known for their faithfulness or patience? Most of us strive to be more kind, more loving, and more joyful. We saturate ourselves with self-help books and articles encouraging us in our quest toward greater self-control. We demand these qualities from our kids, friends, coworkers, and family members.
Yet what Jesus says throughout Scripture is this: Come to me, the Living Water, press into your relationship with me, learn about me, get to know me, and watch the Holy Spirit begin transforming your life. Much of what the Holy Spirit grows in your life is like fruit on a tree.
So, people must be a lot like trees.
Trees receive nourishment from their roots. Healthy trees grow next to the stream and drink water. They bask in the rain. They cannot produce healthy fruit without this nourishment. It’s impossible. So when we, as crazy human trees, welcome the rain and drink from the Living Water, we can know without a doubt that God will do a transforming work in our lives. It is a promise that the Holy Spirit will grow life-changing fruit in us. I love that nature models this beautiful design.
At some point, people will walk by and taste the fruit from the healthy, nutrient consuming, human tree. After they experience its flavor, instead of admiring the tree or its fruit, hopefully, they will be drawn to the Maker of the tree.
Our fruit becomes a way for people to taste and see that the Lord is good. What an honor and privilege to know that people can experience God’s goodness through us.
The only spiritual fruit that tastes really good and leaves people satisfied is the fruit that God produces on the trees of His followers. This tasty fruit isn’t for us; it’s a ministry set up by God for the good of His creation. Our job is to hydrate our souls with Living Water and then watch what the Holy Spirit does as we follow His direction.