Patience is an example of bearing with one another in love that only comes as we are enabled by God. Patience is a trait unique to God.
Our efforts to control our lives produce undesirable results. But still we attempt to counterfeit God’s design for our lives through our own efforts. With tenacity we persist in demanding that our way must work. And so we continue to counterfeit the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Deceived, we believe the fruit of the Spirit is merely the best side of humanity. If we try hard enough we can manufacture this fruit consistently in our lives. But living a life that is desperately dependent on Christ necessitates yielding to His Spirit’s movement as we cease endeavoring to produce our own fruit. We are incapable of producing His fruit on our own vines; we can only produce His fruit as we are grafted into His vine. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you […]
What does it really mean to be a servant? Servitude is truly one of the profound experiences of being desperately dependent on Christ, and is antithetical to what commonly comprises our human nature. Does the thought of being completely controlled by someone or something create anxiety, motivating you to seek refuge in a place of safety by your own design? Do you seek a place that provides you with security only because it allows you to exercise control? The American mentality seems to be more like that of the ancient Greeks who had a strong sense of individualism and an aversion to bondage, yet what happens to freedom when our souls have been conquered by the love of Jesus? Paul asserted, “If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s […]