God has provided a way for us to have a fruitful and abundant life.
Jesus Himself said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” We as Christians must choose to live differently.
In Confirmation class we talk about the fruits of the Spirit. Have you ever heard someone who is a Christian say something like, “Well I don’t have the patience for _______________?”
You are supposed to. When we asked Christ to come into our hearts, we receive the gifts of the Spirit not some of them. One guy in a church that I was serving got easily angered when the least little thing came up that he didn’t like. He would often disturb his Wednesday night teacher with his blurting out or really his rants. We all know people like that. It’s time for the church to challenge such people with love. We are to walk with them because they may not yet understand the concept the fruits of the Spirit that have been given to us. I don’t always keep my cool. I should because self-control is one of the gifts that is now within me. We don’t claim some of the gifts but ALL of them. We don’t want Jesus some of the time, but all the time. We are drawing closer to God. I see it in each of you. I am now doing a sermon series titled, “The Process.” In week, one we talked about the local church and the main process of it in Disciple making. In week two we will focus on us as individuals in the process. We carry the gifts of the Spirit. They are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The degree to which these gifts are manifested in our life depends on how focused we are on the process. A good starting point to the process is to ask yourself if you really trust the Lord with every detail of your life. If you answer yes to that, you’re on the right track. Are you willing to help others in their journey? Again, you’re on the right track. Living into the gifts of the Spirit with focus will keep you on the right track. It’s those gifts that make us be in the world, not of it.
Fruits of the Spirit are found in Galatians 5:22, 23
The old us is gone. (See Galatians 5:24)
Until the nets are full,