You want your life to make a positive impact. In a chaotic and overwhelming world, we all yearn for a sense of peace, purpose, and fulfillment. The Fruit of the Spirit, a biblical concept from Galatians 5:22-23, offers a roadmap to achieving it. But what exactly is the Fruit of the Spirit, and how can it empower us to impact others positively?
The Fruit of the Spirit refers to nine qualities: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These virtues are desirable traits that can transform our relationships, careers, and overall well-being.
By unlocking the secrets of the Fruit of the Spirit, we learn how God cultivates these qualities within our lives to help us navigate the challenges we each face with grace and wisdom. Likewise, these attributes allow our lives to have a positive impact. This article will explore our life calling, motive, reach, and uniqueness. So, let’s join Little Pot on this enlightening journey as we unearth the roots beneath the Fruit of the Spirit and discover how to make the most of our lives. The time to embrace lasting change is now!
Understanding how God produces the fruit of the Spirit through us.
Before we dig up the roots beneath an impactful life, it is crucial to understand how the fruit of the Spirit is produced through us. The Little Pot is a character in our children’s books that searches for the answer to why the potter created it. It discovers the potter wants to grow fruit through it. Likewise, we are vessels where our creator desires to produce His fruit through us. The qualities of Little Pot’s Humus, seed, stem, leaves, and flowers lead to strawberries. Comparatively, God cultivates the fruit of the Spirit through humility, God’s Word, integrity, relationships, and knowledge. You can receive details about that process by signing up here:
The root system inside Little Pot is intertwined and hard to break. Consequently, we’ve been digging it up to answer complex questions about God and life. We’ve been using The Rooted Bible Study as a guide. Here is a list of the questions we are investigating. Feel free to click on the different questions to learn more.
- Who is God?
- How do I Know When God Speaks to me?
- Where is God When it Hurts?
- Who is the enemy, and How to fight with spiritual warfare weapons?
- How will my life have a positive impact?
- Serving God by serving others: How can I make the most of my life?
- What about money?
- How and why should I tell others?
- Is church important?
A workbook is available for further study. This article will address the 5th question: “How will my life have a positive impact?”
Your calling to grow the fruit of the Spirit.
Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins. His death and resurrection are why we can have eternal life in Heaven. However, life eternal is not something that begins when we die. Jesus came to restore everything back to the good and perfect world He created in Genesis. Colossians 1:20 explains that God will reconcile all things through Jesus. And it says that “this includes YOU!”
Jesus’ mission did not end on the cross. He was resurrected. Therefore, we know that our sinful life was also put to death on the cross, and we have been resurrected and called to a new life, too. This new life should look like Christ’s. We are called to live as Jesus did, serving and positively impacting others (Mark 10:45).
Your motive for having a fruitful and positive impact.
The fruit of the Spirit is beneficial to us. Who doesn’t want to live with love, joy, peace, patience, etc.. Our selfish nature is such a big part of us that we view the fruit as qualities we possess for ourselves and not to impact others. Let’s consider Little Pot again. The plant inside it produces strawberries. What would happen if the potter did not pick the red berries? Fruit ripens and stays useable for a short time. If it is not removed from the plant, new fruit cannot grow. The same is true for the fruit of the Spirit. We do not keep love, joy, and patience. We show these qualities to others. Then, we are expected to produce them again and again.
Little Pot discovers this when it meets a new vessel named Tea Pot. In this story, Little Pot becomes prideful of its growing fruit and wants to keep it. Likewise, the teapot wants to keep the tea inside it. Both vessels learn that their purpose is to serve others. We must learn this important lesson, too. We need to set aside our own agendas and focus on how we can serve others.
Your reach and the reproductive qualities in the fruit of the Spirit
The positive impact we can have can reach everyone in the world. That may sound silly when we know our circle of influence is small. However, Jesus wants us to have a heart for all people worldwide. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus told his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. Acts 1:8 tells us that we are to witness to the ends of the earth. In the book The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren explains that being a part of this Great Commission is the secret to living a life of significance.
A fruit is a flowering plant’s fleshy or dry ripened ovary, enclosing the seed or seeds. The idea that fruit must contain a seed proves it exists to reproduce. Therefore, we must consider how growing the fruit of the Spirit can impact others beyond our friends and family. God has equipped each of us to play a part in reaching the whole world.
Your unique areas of positive impact
The ways in which we are equipped are unique. We all possess special talents and abilities. Our stories, experiences, passions, values, networks, relationships, skills, and gifts have a part to play in the positive impact we can make. It might be beneficial to make your own list of things in each area and ask God how He wants to use them to impact others. The Holy Spirit also gives us gifts to help fulfill the Great Commission. If you aren’t sure what spiritual gifts you have, Team Ministry offers an Easy-to-Use, Self-Guided Spiritual Gift Survey.
Conclusion: Embracing the Power of the Fruit of the Spirit
In conclusion, we can produce the fruit of the Spirit and impact others positively only through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is illustrated in the latest children’s book, Burnout Fit In. In this story, a little oil lamp faces burnout. It cannot shine without the potter replenishing its oil. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It fuels the light of the oil lamp. Likewise, the Holy Spirit is the fuel we need to grow the fruit of the Spirit, receive spiritual gifts, and impact the lives of others.
Just like Little Pot, Tea Pot, and Oil Lamp, we need to become vessels our potter uses. Add your first name and email below, and we’ll send you the seven steps to the Holy Spirit growing fruit through your life. Additionally, you will receive a Fruitful Friday email each week to continue to … “Learn a lot from Little Pot!”
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