In the night service we’ve been looking at a series on the Holy Spirit. Last week Sam concluded the series by looking at spiritual gifts. One point he made was the importance of not getting confused between spiritual gifts and spiritual fruit.
As a Worship Pastor, I’ve had the privilege of serving alongside some highly gifted individuals. What never ceases to impress me isn’t how talented someone is (although it can be awe-inspiring at times) but how fruitful they are.
In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he describes the fruit of the spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal 5: 22-23). Paul also encourages us to pursue our gifts but it’s clear from scripture that living by the spirit produces fruit. We also see from the words of Jesus that if we remain in Christ we’ll bear much fruit (John 15).
I know what inspires me; it is seeing love in action, peace during calamity and patience when frustration seems the obvious response. It’s fruit that I want to produce more of and living in closer relationship with God is the way to achieve it.