Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield with Take It To Heart!
Years and years ago, there was a clever commercial that featured a little old lady ordering a hamburger in a fast-food restaurant. When the burger arrived, she lifted the top of the bun, only to find a tiny gray speck where she expected the meat. Remember her question? “Where’s the beef?”
You know, if that sweet little old lady could examine the Body of Christ today, I think she’d have a different question: “Where’s the fruit?” In John 15:16, Jesus said, “I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” Fruit is the product of something, the result. In this case, it’s the natural – or rather supernatural – evidence of God’s Spirit working in us. Galatians 5:22 tells us what this fruit looks like: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
Unfortunately, this fruit is often sadly lacking. The Church is not practicing what it preaches – too many Christians are living like unbelievers. There’s so little difference between us and the world, it’s no wonder we have so little impact on our culture. And it’s not surprising that nonChristians don’t find anything attractive or intriguing about our faith.
Brothers and sisters, this should not be. In Ephesians 4:22-24, the Apostle Paul writes, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness…” Further on he adds, “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8)
We’ve got to let our light shine and our fruit grow – so that the world may know that Jesus lives.