Fruit doesn’t just appear out of nowhere.
Fruit is the result of growth…from a plant as with strawberries…or from a tree as with apples.
Spiritual fruit is no different.
Spiritual fruit is the result of slow, deliberate growth in the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit has been planted within each true believer…and is waiting for the right conditions to bring about the growth of spiritual fruit.
Thus…we are ultimately responsible for the growth of our spiritual fruit.
Spiritual fruit will grow as we nourish ourselves in the Holy Spirit.
We nourish ourselves in the Spirit as we slow down, take time to be alone and listen to the Spirit.
Solitude and silence are the soil of the Spirit.
Silence and solitude provide the necessary ingredients…so that He can transform us into the image of Christ.
We must provide the solitude and silence…
We can only do that by ruthlessly cutting time away from the TV…the computer…the smart phone…whatever keeps us away from Him.
The busyness of our daily lives is like a dry wind that can leave fruit parched.
Fortunately, fruit can stand some dry wind…but not continuously.
We are responsible to provide the soil…silence and solitude.
In addition to soil, we need fertilizer.
Dependence is the fertilizer of the Spirit.
We nourish ourselves in the Spirit as we increasingly depend on the Spirit to lead and guide us.
The less we depend on the Spirit, the less our spiritual fruit grow.
We determine our level of dependence on the Spirit.
We determine how much we undertake activities on our own power instead of relying on the Spirit’s power.
Finally, to grow fruit we need water.
Prayer is the water of the Spirit.
Through prayer our spirits are nourished.
Without it…our spirits shrivel and dry up.
Just as pears can only come from a pear tree, only the Holy Spirit can produce spiritual fruit. But the Holy Spirit won’t produce spiritual fruit without the soil of solitude, the fertilizer of dependence, and the water of prayer.
These are and always will be…our responsibility.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I need Your help to seek solitude and silence and to grow in dependence on You through increasing prayer.