Paul makes a perfect comparison of sanctification and spiritual maturity to farming and cultivating fruit. In modern western culture, it is not uncommon for people to take foregranted the process of farm to table. But farming is hard and laborious work for the farmer. The fruit goes through metamorphosis from seed into plant into nourishment into seed again. The hope is that the one seed will be nutritious and flavorful while also being able to down a bounty of orchards and groves in like kind. This is a labor completed by allowing the Holy Spirit to prune and pick as he will. Christian’s place a large emphasis on salvation rather than maturity, but truthfully, this should not be so. We should seek to be cultivating the high yield of flavor and bounty. This flavor and bounty is of the very character of God. This single fruit has nine important characteristics that produce the best orchard and groves from which mankind can be best in God’s image. But to do this, we must recognize the goal, the work involved, the technique and the power by which it can be accomplished. We can farm this fruit in our lives, but only in submission to the Holy Spirit. It is his fruit and we cannot steal it, buy it, or create it without his blessing.
Published by Josh McGary
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts