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Two Kinds of Fruit—Character and Service

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Two Kinds of Fruit—Character and Service

Two kinds of fruit God is looking for in our lives are character and service.

Galatians 5:22-26 gives us a picture of the character God desires to see in our lives. “But the spiritual nature produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There are no laws against things like that. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their corrupt nature along with its passions and desires. If we live by our spiritual nature, then our lives need to conform to our spiritual nature. We can’t allow ourselves to act arrogantly and to provoke or envy each other.”[1]

Service is mentioned in Luke 12:35-36. “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.”[2]

You can have one without the other, but you need both!

But God found no fruit in the vineyard. If today is the day that God chooses to inspect the fruit of our lives, what will He find?

  • Will He find ANY fruit?
  • Will it be good fruit?
  • Will He find abundant fruit?

There can absolutely come a point in time when God says enough. You either bear fruit commensurate with the blessings you enjoy or I’ll remove your place of anointing and find someone who will bear fruit. In the life of Samson, he reached a place in his life where he woke up and did not know the Spirit had departed from him.

“He said to the gardener, ‘For the last three years I’ve come to look for figs on this fig tree but haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up good soil?’”[3]

In any relationship, we can take the other party for granted and that relationship can dissolve. It can happen with God too.

We must always be willing to ask God to examine our hearts. Repentance is necessary.

Listen to the complete message, “Cutting Out the Dead Wood” here.

 

[1] GW

[2] NIV

[3] Luke 13:7 GW

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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