Galatians 5:22-23 – But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. (NLT)
Matthew 7:20 – Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced. (NLT)
I've been working at the supermarket for almost a year now. I still love my job as much as I did on Day One. As my department is right by the entrance, I get to chat every day with many customers who shop there.
I make dips, both fruit dips, and ones to be used with chips and vegetables. I also make up different varieties of salads, and veggie and fruit trays of varying sizes. Then I chunk up pineapples, cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon for mixed melon bowls. Strawberries and dip follow, then strawberries and kiwi, and strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries for the berry bowls. Lastly, I put the melons, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, and kiwi together to make fruit salads to place out on the counter, which is made of ice.
Customers notice everything — down to the last detail! They can be very critical. Some just need a shoulder, someone to listen. I try to oblige. On the weekend, as I was in deep conversation and cutting up the fruit, I wondered how the customers see me. Do they see my fruit — fruit of the Spirit, that is? I pray, at my cutting board, that people may see not only the fruit in the bowls on the ice, but also the fruit of the Holy Spirit in me. I want them to see that I have much love in my heart, that I know and love Christ, and that I imitate Him in how I speak and act.
God gives us opportunities each day to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We can demonstrate patience at home with our family. We can be kind to others at our workplace. We can show love to our neighbours. When we have the Holy Spirit as our guide, the possibilities are endless.
Prayer: We pray that You will have the Holy Spirit work in us, to make good fruit come from us. May we show the character of Christ each and every day. Amen.