One of the original title ideas of our current message series was Prove it! (The one we ultimately landed on is Uncomfortable). The idea of the series is to highlight the characteristics, attitudes and actions that are part of a life lived with genuine faith. We don’t have to dig very deep into the Bible to see that God isn’t interested in people merely giving Him a polite nod – He asks for full devotion that is evident in all areas of our lives. In John 15, Jesus makes this very clear saying, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” John 15:8 (NLT). The idea here is that a genuine and healthy relationship with God will result in clear and distinguishable changes in and through a person’s life.
One kind of “fruit” is the change in our life that comes when the Holy Spirit is given more and more control over us. Galatians 5:22-23 describes it this way, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”(NLT) Another way we see fruit in our life is pictured in this passage “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Philippians 1:11 (NLT) Here we see that we prove our relationship with God is real by developing character (fruit) in our lives that are a reflection of Jesus – things like honesty, courage, and humility. There is one more category of fruit that describes a growing follower of Christ, “Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” Colossians 1:10 (NLT) An aspect of fruit here includes helping others become followers of Jesus. This reproduction is natural and healthy and without it, we miss a major part of what God wants to do through our lives.
So here is a question to consider, What kind of “fruit” is God currently working on developing in my life?