The African Encounter team members are eagerly teaching children the truths of God’s Word. These children have been in bondage to poverty and have not heard the liberating truths of God’s love and freedom. The African Encounter team members are bearing fruit as they help others to understand the joyful blessings of living in accordance to God’s Word.
Fruit in our passage for today surely would include sharing the good news of salvation, but it also would be the “good works” of believers (II Corinthians 9:8) such as helping a needy person, sharing food or funds, and other acts of kindness. Paul told Christians that they were “created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Ephesians 2:10). As the believer abides in Christ and the Bible, their life “fruit” is produced.
Galatians 5:22-23 gives a list of the “inner fruit” produced in a believer who abides in the Word, and II Corinthians 9:8 refers to “outward” fruit of abiding in Christ. We should regularly take a walk through our life and consider the “fruit” that is being produced in and on our life. Unfortunately there are times when a believer pretends, and the “fruit” is imitation.
It is in close fellowship with our Lord and careful attention to the Word of God that “real” fruit is produced by our Lord, and lives are touched by the grace and power of God. Is our life producing “fruit” that brings glory to God and touches others in a life-changing way?