When we sincerely believe in Jesus, we become connected to Him. He is the True Vine, the original Tree of Righteousness (John 15:1). Accepting Him as Lord of our lives means we take on His nature and He makes us trees of righteousness.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and commissioned me. To bring good news to the humble and afflicted… So they will be called the trees of righteousness [strong and magnificent, distinguished for integrity, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified”.Isaiah 61:1-3 (AMP); see also Luke 4:17-19.
We need to stay connected to Jesus by asking the Holy Spirit to fill us and spending time in His Word and prayer. By the help of the Holy Spirit, we can flourish and bear the fruit of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP).
The fruit we bear is what God uses to touch the world around us. The fruit of the Spirit infuses the power of God into our daily living, skills and talents to transform lives for His glory (Isaiah 61:3). We live daily among family and friends and at our workplaces we use our skills to meet people’s needs. We might also use our natural talents such as our creativity, being friendly, coordinating groups and so on, to serve others. In all these ways we interact with people. If we want the power of God to flow through us and touch others, we need to manifest the fruit of the Spirit.
There is a story of a troubled lady who had experienced a lot of abuse as a child. To ease her pain, she became a self-harmer and drug addict. She realised that if she did not get help, she would die; so, she started seeing therapists and participating in recovery programs. She went from therapist to therapist and program to program; her problems would only go away for a while after trying each. She had already given up and was considering suicide when she stumbled on the address of a Christian rehabilitation centre. She decided to try one last time.
Currently, this lady looks like she never went through abuse, self-harm and drug addiction. She is a born-again Christian, with a good job and a beautiful home. When she shares her testimony, she says the workers at the Christian centre treated her like their sister and daughter, while previous therapists and programs treated her like a project. She claims that at the Christian centre, she experienced the love, acceptance and respect she needed and God used this to heal her. What was the difference? The fruit of the Spirit.
Today, let us ask God to help us be trees of righteousness indeed, wherever He plants us; let us ask Him for the grace to bear the fruit of the Spirit so we can be instruments of His transforming love. Let us ask Him to help us manifest the fruit of the spirit, so that the Holy Spirit can use our gifts and talents to help others experience the healing, transforming and powerful love of Jesus.