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Tom recently started thing called aquaponics.  In essence, he is raising fish and vegetables in our barn.  Together.  So the fish poo feeds the fish and the vegetables oxygenate the fish (or something like that!)  We have had lush beautiful tomato plants all winter.  And I’ve been patiently waiting for a homegrown tomato.  To my dismay, I’m still waiting.

It seems that in this process, we are learning a bit as we go.  And while we have incredible looking tomato plants, we have no tomatoes.  Apparently a cross polination process must happen, and the water needs the right balance.  As I observe this process, I feel like it is a bit like each of spiritual lives at times. What looks like it will bear fruit on the surface, doesn’t always bear fruit.   I

I’ve spent some time recently reviewing some material on how to be Christian at work.  One of the verses that really speaks to the “how” of this is:

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

 

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be dissecting this concept.  Today, I want to start with the very first words; But the fruit of the Spirit.

You see, in order to have fruit in our Spirit, much like in order to have tomatoes in our barn, we have to tend to it.  Each of the fruits listed are a part of a singular fruit.  Not the fruits of the spirit, but the fruit of the spirit.  A fruit that is multifaceted and complex.  How do we develop such a fruit in our spirit?  Is it a complicated process of balancing the right things and cross pollinating and testing water levels?  Not at all.  We are so blessed by the simplicity of this…

To know the Holy Spirit, we must spend time with the Holy Spirit. 

 

Yep, it’s that simple.  The more intimate time we spend with the Holy Spirit, the more fruit that will be produced.  Not because we have control over that, but merely because we can’t help but produce fruit when we fellowship with the Holy Spirit and give him a primary place in our lives.  The one that Jesus left behind for us so that we could do greater things, is waiting for us to commune with Him.  And when we do, well it changes us, and when we are transformed, then the fruit becomes visible in us.  Much like a plant needs water in order to produce fruit, we need our time with the Holy Spirit in order to do the same.

In the week ahead, be intentional about spending time with the Holy Spirit.  And as you do, ask Him to produce fruit in you.  What might that look like in your life?  What is your biggest challenge in this?