My challenge is to live God’s way. Many times I don’t want to but it isn’t about what I want. God doesn’t necessarily care about things I want that aren’t useful to God’s plan. Jesus governs in God’s country. Jesus is in charge. God has a goal for me.
I am growing and learning to live the way God wants me to. I have been given the power of the Holy Spirit. That growth brings fruit and blessings.
What is the fruit?
- Affection and caring for everyone I know and meet.
- Enthusiasm for living. It is another stunning day in paradise.
- I am at peace. That is amazing. Peace and serenity are huge. Without doing what Jesus wants, I don’t have it.
- Perseverance and “sticking with it” is growing.
- Compassion at my core and in my heart. Compassion is becoming natural. There was a time I was angry with the homeless. Why weren’t they working? Now my instinct is to help. What can I do?
- I see holiness in my world, which is God’s country. I see holiness in others.
- I am loyal to others. It isn’t always to my advantage but that isn’t the point.
- I don’t have to have my way. I am not there completely but it is “dialing down” in my life.
- I can direct my energy into doing what is important to Jesus, my Master.
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.