The Ministry of Every Believer – Day 96
Luke 13:6-9 records another parable where Jesus spoke about the fruit of a harvest:
“A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'”
Here we read of a vineyard owner who was looking for fruit. Similarly, the Lord himself is the owner of all people and he also is looking for fruit in our lives. But the main question is, “What type of fruit is he looking for?” To put it simply, the Lord is looking for the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. He desires to see the fruit that comes from a person who is yielded to the Holy Spirit. This is what Paul meant when he wrote about the “fruit of the Spirit.” In Galatians 5:22 Paul says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” These are all the same attributes that were in Christ’s own life. Therefore we can say that good fruit is being like Jesus, it is a life that reflects and reveals Christ to the world. Good fruit means the same light that was in Jesus is in us too. When people see this light it causes others to be fruitful and glorify our Father in heaven. More than any other ministry, we each have a ministry of being Christ’s light-bearers.
Prayer: Father, I ask for your Holy Spirit to be more active in my life. Let your Spirit produce the very nature of Jesus in me bringing hope to the world.