What Does It Mean for a Christian to Bear Fruit?
One sad thing that I often hear teachers say is that bearing fruit is saving souls, or doing something that leads to saving souls (i.e. preaching the gospel). This is not a Biblical view of bearing fruit. First of all we cannot save anyone. The fruit that God calls us to bear is the fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
(Gal 5:22-23 ESV)
How do we bear this fruit? It will be surprising to many Christians that it isn’t by trying harder, going to church, or any other works. Your fruit comes from spiritual wisdom and understanding given by the Spirit. Seek Christ with all your heart in humility and He will not turn you away. If your passion for Him is not great enough, pray diligently that He will inflame your heart with such a passion for Him, that you will never be able to look away from Him. Walk in His presence as often as you can and He will share His heart with you.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,
(Col 1:9-11 ESV)
Your fruit will lead you to do good works, but works will never make you bear fruit.
Check out my follow up post: We Bear Fruit by Abiding in Christ
- The Lesson of the Fig Tree (thekingspresence.wordpress.com)
Posted on February 4, 2011, in Thoughts and tagged Bible, Christ, Christian, Faith, Fruit, Fruit of the Holy Spirit, God, Heart, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Lord, Presence, Spirit. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.