I drove by an orchard last summer in Montana… There was no sign designating what kind of orchard it was… Looked like an orchard of sweet cherries though (beautiful Bing cherries it appeared to me)… We stopped by the little stand and bought several pounds… got back in the car and decided to sample them… They tasted exactly like I expected! They were NOT apples… or oranges… not pears… or grapes… or pomegranates… They were Flathead Valley Bing cherries!!
Didn’t need a sign out in front of the orchard to determine it either. They guy in the stand didn’t even need to tell me! I didn’t have to decide by a logo or a “bulletin/program” … the flavor and characteristics of the fruit were enough for me!
Thought about that this morning as I read this passage during “coffee with Lord”… Luke 6:43–45 (ESV)
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:43–45 ESV)
Oh, how I want the “fruit” of my life to match my “label” … I don’t want people to be surprised when they experience me… I want “the fruit of the Spirit” (“Love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” … Galatians 5:22-23 – another passage I read this morning) to be exhibited in my life if I call myself a “Spirit-filled Christian.” (In fact, probably labels shouldn’t be necessary eh? … Shouldn’t need a sign out in front 😉 …
Here’s all I got to say… Help me Lord to “bear GOOD fruit! If I’m going to claim being “Spirit-filled” I want to look like it, act like, talk like it, and live like it!!!