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Galatians 5:22-23 is a very common Bible passage.
But how often do we really stop and look at this passage?
The first thing commonly overlooked is Paul’s poor grammar.
The fruit of the Spirit IS….
The word “fruit” is like the word “moose” it can be both singular and plural.
The word “is” is commonly used for a singular subject
One moose IS chowing down on the fruit.
The word “are” is used for plural subjects.
All of the moose ARE experiencing the after effects of eating too much fruit.
So my problem is that in the New International Version of the Bible, Galatians 5:22-23 says the fruit of the Spirit is…
There is more than one kind of fruit listed. Why would Paul say is? Shouldn’t he say that the fruit of the spirit are…? OK that does not sound right either….
The New Century Version says:
“But the Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” Galatians 5:22-23
I like the fact that the word Spirit comes first in this version. The fruit of the Spirit is/are not about the fruit, but about the Spirit.
It’s simple cause and effect.
When you have the Spirit, you show the fruit.
Let me say that again.
When you have the Spirit, you show the fruit.
Christ followers are not called to show the fruit so they can get the Sprit.
The Sprit comes into the Christ followers FIRST, THEN the fruit is produced. The Spirit works in your life and you develop the fruit.
Are you limited to growing only the Spirit’s fruit? Can you grow different fruit?
Some of you may still be confused by the whole fruit thing… allow me to explain.
You are a tree.
Worse, you are a fruit tree.
Yep, you are a fruit grower.
Accept it. You have no choice.
You can choose where you are planted. You can be planted in the Holy Spirit (Spirit/God/Jesus/Etc.) or you can choose to be planted in the alternative potting options listed in Galatians 5:19-21
“19 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins,20 worshiping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people,21 feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God’s kingdom.”
Hummm these things sound like fun! I wonder what my fruit would look like if I potted myself in these things instead of in God….
It says in verse 21 that I would not inherit God’s kingdom. That sound pretty bad…
Hummm… well lets think
Well I know that the last time I got angry, I got sent to my room.
But one time when I was self-controlled, I got praised.
Sometimes no one notices when I show good fruit.
When I plant myself in poor fruit, I usually feel unhappy.
It is hard to be planted in God all of the time, but when I am I usually feel better and happier.
Miracle Camp’s 50th anniversary does not seem long off. It is truly amazing to think of how far our camp has come over the years. Thousands of people have come to the ground here and had authentic encounters with Christ! What a great place to be. Check out this history video which was made for our 35th anniversary.
Have you registered for summer camp yet? If you have not get on to the miracle camp webpage and sign up! You will not want to miss this authentic summer with an Olympic theme night!
Check out this promo video from 1997. It is rather humorous. If you came to Miracle Camp as a kid between 1997-2000, your parents probably sent you after seeing this promo.
2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
When I was in high school, it seemed like everyone was talking about The Invisible Children (www.invisiblechildren.com). Have you heard of this organization? Here is a basic Wikipedia definition if you haven’t:
“In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers (Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole) traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure transformed into much more when these boys from Southern California discovered the untold tragedy of Uganda. This tragedy revolves around Africa’s longest running war, where children have become the victims and the weapons. Rebel armies, known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have been abducting children and using them as troops while they wage war against the Ugandan government. This originally caused the children to night commute, or walk miles nightly to avoid these troops. It is estimated that 90% of the LRA is abducted children. The film tells their story. After returning to the States, they created the documentary ‘Invisible Children: Rough Cut’, a film that exposes the tragic realities of northern Uganda’s night commuters and child soldiers.”
As a result of their film, these young guys allowed the lives of seemingly invisible people become revealed to America. This changed the lives of thousands of children in Uganda forever. They must have made the children they helped feel pretty special and finally noticed. These filmmakers literally changed the world.
Let me introduce you to someone from Malawi, another African country:
This is Timothy. I met him when I was in Malawi, Africa on a short-term missions trip. In this picture, Timothy is in seventh grade, he wants to grow up to care for orphan children.Timothy was always a leader in his school. His fellow students recognized him for his potential because of his kindness to everyone.
Tragically, I was recently informed that Timothy has passed away. He was just walking along the road (there are no sidewalks in Malawi) and he got hit by a car and died.
No, this is not a campaign to build sidewalks in Malawi nor is this indented to be a sob story.
Let me tell you a little about Timothy’s life. He was kind, friendly, including and a leader.People liked him and he liked people. He knew Jesus and lived to spread the word of Christ. He succeeded.
I’m not going to tell you to live more like Timothy because we both know that we are called to live and love like Jesus (John 15:12). Timothy worked to be like Jesus. You can too.
Jesus loved the unloved. He made the unseen seen. In the same way, the three guys who together founded The Invisible Children movement brought “invisible” people into the spotlight. You can too!
I know that there are times where you feel invisible. Just like you, others have felt that unnoticed, powerless and dejected. You have the ability to be there for these hurting people even if you are hurting yourself. You can work to ensure that the people around you do not feel invisible. Allow Gods love to illuminate out of you. Who can you notice today? Who do you know who is forgotten and needs to feel included? Who can you just talk to? Seek these people out and change their world.
frank colarusso-assistant program director