(This blog was originally published by Jean-Marie Jobs on Sept. 15, 2014)
Hosea 14:8 “…Your fruitfulness comes from me” Charles Spurgeon wrote “Our fruit is found from our God as to union. The fruit of the branch is directly traceable to the root. Sever the connection, the branch dies, and no fruit is produced. By virtue of our union with Christ we bring forth fruit.”
What kind of fruit is your life bearing? Do you see deep, intimate relationships, honest communication, vulnerability? Or do you find yourself resisting, hiding, holding back, protecting yourself from the dangers of love? One of the greatest aspects of Scripture is its practicality. Any of us can look at the results in our lives, in our relationships at home, at work, in our communities – and measure the fruit. God is so generous, He provides constant feedback through our everyday lives, if we only have the courage to seek it
It’s a staggering thought that our faith life, our connection to Jesus is that visible and tangible. We can have all kinds of lofty thoughts, mental assent to great and powerful concepts but if the reality of our lives don’t bear the truth of what we speak, then we are lying to ourselves. When we operate out of a spiritual deficit, our choices become skewed towards our selfish desires.
Hosea 14:9 “Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them.
The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” NIV
Take a look at the feedback in your life this week, listen for God’s voice calling your back to Him.