Summary: God’s plan for your life isn’t that you’ll be successful. Instead, He wants you to be fruitful.
This is the final message in the series “GRACE-FRUIT: Jesus Living in Me.” Over the past nine weeks we’ve examined the nine flavors of the Fruit of the Spirit. In order to put the Fruit of the Spirit in the full context of Galatians, let’s read Galatians 5:22-25:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:19-25)
The Fruit of the Spirit is such an important list in the New Testament that when we were designing this Worship Center about 15 years ago, I noticed there were nine doors entering the building, so I suggested we name each door after a Fruit of the Spirit. The Building Committee thought it was a good idea. So, you’ve probably noticed each door has a different name of the Fruit of the Spirit over it.
These nine traits should be evident in the personality of every Christian. Over the past nine weeks I’ve spoken mostly about the WHAT—what are those nine characteristics? In this message I want to talk about the HOW—how we can we live a life that demonstrates those nine positive characteristics. I’m calling “The Secret to a Fruitful Life.” But it’s not a secret at all: in fact, it’s in the second part of the title of this series. The Key is Jesus living in me.
In John 15, Jesus tells us HOW to live a fruitful life. Have you ever seen those movies about a nuclear powered sub that is going to launch a missile? In order to launch the missile, both the Captain and the XO have to insert two keys into the launch director and turn them at the same time. It takes both of those keys to launch the missile. When you combine the key of John 15 with the key of Galatians 5, you are ready to launch out in the exciting adventure of life full of the Fruit of the Spirit!
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:1-5)
Jesus spoke these words the night before He was crucified. He knew His time left on earth was short. He would be crucified, resurrected, and after forty days, would ascend back to His Father. The disciples would no longer have Jesus physically present with them. But Jesus promised them something—or Someone—even better. He promised He would send the Holy Spirit to live in the disciples, and the Holy Spirit would bear witness to Jesus. He would empower the believers to demonstrate the personality of Jesus, the Fruit of the Spirit. Here are four life-changing truths that Jesus shared about living a fruitful life.