FINDING YOUR BALANCE: GROWING FRUIT IN EVERY SEASON – Part 1

As a health and fitness mom, I’m always talking about having a balanced diet of macros: protein, carbs, and fats. Corporate professionals are always talking about work-life balance. Mental health is an important topic right now with people talking more openly about emotional balance. There’s the understanding that in order to thrive in life and produce good character and quality work, we need to have things in balance. What does a balanced spiritual diet look like in the life of a Christian in order to grow? Growth is what reveals the fruits of the Spirit.

Spiritual growth starts with a relationship with the son of God- Jesus. The son came as a man to free us from sin and to show us the love of the Father. He then left us the Spirit to empower us to live like him and to bear fruit.

3 Persons = Perfect balance to perfectly balance us.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s
 have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 
Galatians 5

That last sentence stood out to me this week. In Galatians, the apostle Paul writes, “If we live in the Spirit, let us walk in the Spirit.” You may have received the Spirit of God, but you can live as if you didn’t. That is also grieving the Spirit and abusing Grace. The good news is that we can bear fruit “worthy of repentance” at any time or in any season.

You don’t have to eat the food you are given. I can have healthy food in my kitchen. Just having the food doesn’t build my muscles. I actually have to eat it and put it to use through exercise! So, it is with walking in the Spirit and bearing fruit. Throughout the day, I can choose to meditate or think on scripture and to show kindness to someone or I can forget about God and go busily through my day.

Students are back to school now and the stores are making the shift to fall decor. Soon, the weather in the South will start to cool and we’ll at least get a slight change of seasons— just a little later than other states. My orange tree should have ripe fruit about the time the leaves start to change colors. And, I will be ready for pumpkin spice anything! I can usually peacefully embrace the changing seasons, especially if we make it through without a major tropical storm, hurricane, or tornado! These are the types of change that I readily welcome.

“If we would bear fruit, there is a condition we must observe—we must abide in Christ.”

Having young adult children means I look back through the amazing years of changes. I experienced many joys of activities and time spent with them. I can be reminded of where fruit was evident and of the times where some of the fruit seemed to be blown away during life’s storms.

“Some fruits do not ripen until the frosts come. Just so, some Christian lives do not yield their richest and best character, until the frosts of sorrow have fallen upon them. By and by trouble comes, adversity, sorrow, loss; and under the keen frosts—the fruit is ripened. After that, they have a sweeter spirit, with more love for Christ, with deeper spirituality and a larger measure of consecration.”

If we would bear fruit, there is a condition we must observe—we must abide in Christ. We must live in a relationship with God through faith and through the Word and Spirit of God who reveal to us the Father. Christians can be fruitful in every season of life as they continually receive a balanced diet— the divine grace!