How are you doing in your Spiritual Walk? How are you doing in living out the fruits of the Spirit?
I was challenged in this area by something I read in Francis Chan’s wonderful book “Crazy Love”. In the chapter entitled, “Serving Leftovers to a Holy God” I came across this little exercise:
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT)
Now, take all the references to “love” and substitute your name. (For me it would be “Kent is patient and kind. Kent is not jealous . . .”)
Now, how are you doing in living out the fruits of the Spirit? Hmmm?
Yeah, me too! Ouch!
As Chan goes on to say, “Following Christ isn’t something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.”
Our faith is not something we can internalize, keep to ourselves, and think we’re being all God is calling us to be. It needs to be lived out . . . outwardly . . . that means to other people.
Do you demand your own way? Stop it!
Do you keep ‘records of being wronged’? Throw ‘em out!
Do you give up?
Romans 8: 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (NIV)