Christians are expected to do more than just live their lives and one day enter the glory and splendor of heaven. While on earth, we are expected to bear much fruit, and fruit that will stand the test of time (John 15:16). God desires that we live a life that honors and pleases him, producing fruit in every good work (Colossians 1:9-10).
There are several types of fruit flowing out of the life of a genuine believer such as the fruit of full devotion to the Lord, the fruit of the work of the anointing, the fruit of the blessing of God, and the fruit of the character forces of God, commonly known as the fruit of the Spirit. All of these areas of fruitfulness are important, but no fruit impacts the daily influence of the believer more than the development of the fruit of the Spirit. People and circumstances are forever changed when the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control – is released in our lives. There are three insights I want to share to help you develop the fruit of the Spirit in your daily life.
First, stay away from tree poison. It is impossible to bear much fruit when we allow ourselves to be influenced by the wicked, the sinners, or the scoffers. Avoid poisonous beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and people (Psalm 1:1). Keep this principle from Proverbs in mind daily: “The godly are like trees that bear life-giving fruit, and those who save lives are wise”(11:30).
Second, stay rooted and grounded in the word of God. No tree can survive and bear fruit unless it is well grounded. We are to delight ourselves in the word – to stay in it diligently and apply it to our own lives daily (Palm 1:2). Our spiritual roots are to go down deep in the Lord and his word so that our lives can be built on him (Colossians
2:6-7). The tree is enriched by the nutrients picked up in the soil by its root system. The tree is also made strong and stable by the network of roots below the surface of the ground. Like a tree, the believer is also nourished, strengthened, and stabilized by its root system.
Third, stay near the river. Psalm 1:3 teach that the blessed person is planted like a tree by streams of water. This well placed tree bears fruit in season, does not wither away, and prospers perpetually. Like natural trees, believers will bear much fruit and prosper if they stay near the living water of the Holy Spirit through daily fellowship in the presence of God.
God has appointed us to bear fruit and fruit that will remain. Make up your mind today to be a fruitful tree by staying away from tree poison, by staying rooted and grounded in the word of God, and by staying near the river of God’s presence daily. As you apply these principles you will steadily become a prosperous fruit tree. So don’t be surprised when the lonely and hurting begin stopping by to pick some of your fruit!