Were you expecting me to say pie or stuffing or an appetizer? Well, this year bring fruit.
This Sunday, Pastor Tate, shared about bringing fruit to Thanksgiving. Not actual fruit but the fruit of the spirit. He shared the verse about these fruits.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. – Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
Many of you may have memorized these fruits when you went to Sunday School. The challenge we were given was to show up at Thanksgiving, oozing the spirit of God.
Fruit is tangible. Spiritual fruit is visible. For others to see God working in you and living in you, they should see fruit. Are you loving to people you used to despise? Are you kind and showing it by your actions? Are you always fretting or do others see a new peace in you?
The holidays often bring with it family tension, old patterns and triggers. When those happen, ooze God. Let Him show up in those moments, not you as your 12 year old self. Let God show His love through you showing love to someone you don’t feel loving towards.
How can you do this? By abiding in Christ. When you spend quality time with God, (praying, reading His word, worshiping) you will naturally present His character. When you haven’t connected to your source of love, joy ,peace, and so on, you will reflect your natural self. Without God, I’m very selfish. Without God, I’m usually anxious. Without God, I’m not always nice. With God, I am able to represent Him.
Before any holiday gathering, abide with Him. Allow His character to infuse you. When you show up at any event (family, friends, co-workers), you will display God’s presence and character.
Bring fruit this Thanksgiving and Christmas and to the family birthday party and …. Spiritual fruit will not only change your view of spending time together with others, but will change them as well. When they ask about it, tell them boldly, this is all from God.
Dream Big! Pray Big!