By Allen White
“As the Spirit works within us, we become more and more like Him.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (LB)
California is known as the land of fruits and nuts. Where we lived in the Central Valley for 15 years, we experienced the agricultural variety. Every town is the capital of some form of produce and holds a festival. Patterson, CA is the Apricot Capital of the World. Stockton, CA is the Asparagus Capital. Castroville, CA is the Artichoke Capital. And, where we lived, Turlock, CA, well, it’s the Turkey Capital. (Keep the jokes to yourself please.)
It never failed that apricot trees produced apricots. Almond trees (pronounced a-mond) produced almonds. Tomato vines grew tomatoes. And, turkeys produced turkeys.
The fruit of a believer’s life is largely determined by our openness to the Holy Spirit. If we insist on calling the shots and doing the work, then we produce fruit that looks like us. It’s not all good, and we certainly wouldn’t want a festival for it. As we open ourselves to the Holy Spirit through simple things like pausing to pray seconds before we act or thinking about a Scripture verse taped to our dashboard, our fruit begins to look more like God’s produce. Now, that’s worth celebrating!
What kind of fruit is your life producing? What results are you seeing? Does it look like Jesus or someone else?
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