PRINCIPLE: “When thirsty for fruit, check the ads.”
Summer is fading fast. One of the things I’ll miss most is the fresh fruit. I love fresh fruit. And we live in an area where it is usually abundant. So abundant, in fact, that sometimes it’s hard to know where to purchase it. Which market, which stand, which store has the best fruit at the best price? That means looking at a lot of ads. That’s where we get our principle: “When thirsty for fruit, check the ads.”
Yet as I think about this, where do we go to quench our thirst for a godly, fruitful life? Paul lists the fruit as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23) He says the fruit comes from the Holy Spirit. In other words, we quench our thirst as we allow and ask the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. (Note that ‘fruit’ is singular. It is not like the ‘gifts’ of the Spirit where we have some but not all. There is one large fruit that consists of all these characteristics – we do not get to pick and choose!)
But what about the people all around us who are thirsty for fruit, who don’t know where to turn? What about people who are thirsty for the luscious fruit of the Spirit? Where can people go to find that fruit? Well, “When thirsty for fruit, check the ads.” But where are the ads?
Advertisers know what they are doing. They tease our senses with just enough to whet our appetites and entice us to come and see, believing that once we see we will buy. Shouldn’t we be the ads for the Spirit’s fruit? Should we not be living advertisements for Jesus Christ? Should not others be influenced to come to Him because of us? Does the fruit of the Spirit spring from our lives enough to whet appetites and entice others to come and see Jesus? Our lives should be neon signs advertising the fruit and pointing to Jesus - so when people are thirsty for fruit, they’ll have ads to check.
May the Holy Spirit transform your life into a living advertisement that draws others to Jesus. How will he do that? He’ll do it as we look at His greatest advertisement. “When thirsty for fruit, check the ads.” (John 15:16-17) “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other. Begin by loving. Then the Spirit of God will fill and flow through you. Then you will have full access to all the fruitful blessings of our Father – and you will be his living advertisement.