Quit Trying to Be a Good Christian

Quit Trying to Be a Good Christian

Scripture has a few things to teach us about growing fruit. In John 15, Jesus teaches on the Vine and the Branches, abiding in Him and bearing much fruit. Galatians 5:22-23 lists the nine Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

Tied on Fruit 2Have you ever walked through an apple orchard? Did you hear the trees grunting and groaning, trying to produce fruit? Did you see a farmer leaning a ladder against the tree, tying on fruit so that his orchard would look like a thriving apple farm? No, of course not! Why then, do we try so hard to look like “fruitful” Christians?

Have you ever thought, “If only I were more patient, I would really look like a good Christian?” Sometime we lean a ladder of self-effort against the tree of our lives and “tie on the fruit of patience.” Our trying makes us feel and look good for a while, but soon the fruit begins to stink and rot because nothing tied on the tree can last. So, what do we sometimes do? We take down the fruit (confess our failure) and redouble our efforts, trying harder to be more patient (tying on more fruit of patience).

Jesus teaches that it’s through the continual connection of abiding in Him and His Words abiding in you–not the endless effort of trying and tying–that you bear much fruit. Tired of trying and tying?

Simply abide.

Abide means “accept or act in accordance to.” Accept the fact that the Holy Spirit wants to fill you to the fullest measure. Do you know someone on the ladder, busy tying on fruit? Reach up, help them down and share this “abiding” truth!

John 15:1-8 16; Galatians 1:10; Galatians 5:22-23

DebbieDebbie McGoldrick is the founder of NBS2GO and blessed to be married to Mark and the adoptive mother of Melissa and Matt. Debbie is an avid collector of heart rocks and shells, a lover of color and always looking for a reason to go to the beach.

 

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