In a recent sermon series entitled "Reclaim The Table", my campus pastor brought up a point I had never thought about before. He talked about the table of our life and that everyday we "offer fruit" to those around us.
Now I have often thought about "good fruit" in terms of the "Fruit of the Spirit" (Galatians 5:22-23) and how we bear that fruit. However, I had not stopped to consider that when we are bearing that fruit, we don't merely bear it, we distribute it to those around us.
I also did not think about the fact that if I am not bearing the Fruit of the Spirit, I am in fact, bearing fruit of another sort and ... sigh... distributing that fruit. Uh-oh. I am cringing just thinking about it!
Think about it. Have you ever noticed how a situation can be turned completely turned around when you respond by extending godly fruit? Over the years, I have seen some potentially volitile situations become diffused, I have seen broken relationships healed simply because someone responded with love rather than anger.
On the other hand, the reverse is true. I have seen things escalate, explode and even multiply because the fruit I've extended has been anger, frustration and dare I say it, even malice or down-right hatefulness.
I wrote down this quote from today's sermon:
Everything we say and do is the fruit we offer people.
Oh boy... when I do not offer people the Fruit of the Spirit, I am not offering them nothing. I am offering them fruit of another sort, a poisonous, deadly sort of fruit. I am offering them the Fruit of the Flesh.
That's rather sobering isn't it. We are always partaking and offering fruit, the question is, what sort of fruit are we sharing as well as eating?