This morning I took my son and his family to the airport to begin their journey back to Japan. It was so great to have them here for two weeks.
Next, I finished the task that I had promised to do for my neighbors that we recently met, in cutting down the two doors they had for their storage area. I am still looking forward to meeting more of my neighbors that they know and told me about. It seems like I should have already met them but even after two years of living in this neighborhood, I still only know a few of my neighbors. This is something that I need to work on. People are so important.
My plan for today is to spend some time on the new study that I will begin tomorrow evening. As I sit here writing this blog, I am eating some fresh blackberries. I really love them. My favorite desert is blackberry cobbler and my wife fixes it for me in preference to a birthday cake. It reminds me of God. He loves fruit more than I do. He wants us to bear fruit. Our fruit is named in Galations 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. In Ephesians 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) it is referenced again. This fruit cannot be produced by ourselves but is the product of our relating to life in the Holy Spirit. To those who say the the fruit of a Christian is another Christian, I say that the additional christian is not our fruit but is the fruit of God working through you and not you working for God. If additional Christians were our fruit then it becomes a works religion and not a faith response to God. The drawing of people is God’s work not ours (John 12:32). Our job is to lift up Christ. If we do that then He will draw them. We lift up Christ by reflecting Him in our character and actions, which consequently, produces our spiritual fruit. So in the words of God, “Be fruitful, and multiply”.