From Smart Cars to Fruit Flies!
Galatians 5:22-23 AMP 22) But the fruit of the [ Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, 23) Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].
“Going Green” is such a popular term now. In the first half of the 20th century, as well as all the previous centuries, no one had to “go green” but lived “green” out of pure necessity. Survival depended on using every available resource well. Stockpiling, being a skilled farmer, gardener, home maker, craftsman, and laborer ensured a family the luxury of a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. Being a good marksman was what every 10 year old had to accomplish back then, to help supplement the family food source. Hmmm… if a 10 year old had a gun today,the parent would be in serious trouble.
Our world changes according to the need each century, decade, year and day represents. One person commented on Facebook “Just give me good old fashion texting and forget all the new stuff.” Old fashion and texting don’t seem to fit on any level. It’s amazing how the world has truly changed from the horse and buggy days to Twitter, Instagram and tiny Smart Cars.
One thing that never changes, but is forever relevant to each century, is the Word of God. Each verse of the Bible relays life changing information for each of us if we will pay attention. Reading, accepting, and then applying what it teaches is the true “go green” of former generations.
Because we generally think of growing our own food as a simple beginning to modern-day independence, lets look at God’s food. Consider a basket full of His fruit, grown and handpicked by our Father, especially for His children. It is ripe and ready for consumption. All we have to do is choose and eat. We can also choose and give it away.
Let’s pretend for a moment that we are not the consumer, but we are the basket or bowl that holds God’s fruit. We would sit on the kitchen counter holding our fruit, desiring to give our precious cargo away, feeling the joy or sadness of having our fruit chosen and eaten, or the sadness of being ignored and left to the fruit flies of the world.
As a basket we can not call out to ask if someone wants a piece of fruit,nor can we pick it up and throw it at them as they walk by. We must simply and silently remain available. Then the Master comes by and begins to use us as the resource of handing out fruit.. Our value is not in our own ability to hold the fruit, it is in remaining available until the Master chooses how and when to use the fruit inside of us.
As you read through this week’s verse, keep in mind God’s people are important to Him. Not only are you “His people”, but you live in a world full of His people. They all may not accept that they should belong to Him,but He created them none the less. Let Jesus use you this week as a basket filled with His fruit, handing it out to everyone who is hungry for something, but don’t know what to eat.