We are not here to impress the world by having more money, more things and more friends than anyone in the world has. We are not here to turn the house of God in multi-million dollar business endeavors so as to provide pastors with extravagent salaries and mansions to live in. We are not here to be flamboyant showmen who dazzle the world with our intelligence or "magic tricks".
As Christians, we are here for two predominant reasons; to glorify God and produce Godly fruit in our lives. First and foremost we are here to praise and love God with all our hearts. If we did nothing else in this life but praise and thank God for His love and goodness; we would be precious in His sight. Without question, the most important thing in our earthly lives is our personal relationship with God.
The other reason we are here is to produce the Godly fruit that comes by walking and living in the Spirit. Fruit is the manifestation of what lies within and since the seed of Christ dwells in our hearts, we should strive to manifest all that He. Galatians teaches us that the fruit of the Spirit is LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS and SELF-CONTROL. Nowhere in this list are things like prosperity, perfect health, oodles of friends or the highest degrees man offers.
For more than 40 years I have remained amazed at what is truly important to God vs. what is important to people. What mankind deems of greatest importance God could care less about. What is important to God is at the bottom of most people s lists.
The Book of Romans teaches us that to be spiritually minded is life and peace and to be carnally minded is death. Logically if we want to have the more abundant life Jesus promised and live with the very peace of God in our lives, we must strive to become spiritually minded through living and walking in the spirit.
As we walk in love, filled with joy and peace, manifesting longsuffering, kindness and goodness while remaining faithful, gentle and having self control we are like a tree laden with luscious fruit which blesses God and provides for us our greatest witness. For those remaining who still hunger for righteousness, our fruit is in reality what they crave to have in their lives.
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