Passion or fruit?

Libbie Hall <libbie@libbiehall.com>9:02 AM (1 hour ago)

Do you have a favorite disciple? Honestly I hadn’t ever thought about it until I started watching The Chosen. The Chosen is a show about the life of Jesus and his disciples. In my opinion, it is very well done. It’s moving and it draws me in. But of course, there are creative liberties taken. Like the way the show depicts Matthew as someone with Asperger’s, or that Mary struggles with rejection. While some may reject the show because those liberties create a biblically inaccurate story, I actually like them. They have caused me to think about what the disciples were really like on a deeper level. To see them as more human than I have in the past. This has helped me to further embrace the fact that I too am chosen, despite my own faults and failures.

I have always known that David is my favorite person in the Bible, aside from Jesus, of course. But I hadn’t picked a favorite disciple. Oddly enough, I woke up this morning thinking about Peter and his story. You know the saying, “my ride or die?” I feel like that’s Peter.

I know, you would argue, right?

I mean he literally denied Jesus. But later in Peters life, he literally died for him. And the same passion Peter displayed when he said, “Woman, I do not know him” – the same passion that took over when Peter cut off the soldiers ear in an attempt to protect Jesus – that is the passion displayed when he requested to be hung upside down on a cross. He felt unworthy to die in the same manner as his Savior, so when they were going to execute him THAT was his one request.

Passion to the end.

Peters passion ticked people off, but it also drew people in. And I feel like that’s my life story. And when I’m gone there a few things I hope people will say of me…

She loved Jesus

She loved people

She was kind

She was passionate about the message of Christ

I mean, I could probably name many things I want to be remembered for, but the above should cover most.

I want to leave a legacy. But not one that honors my own name. Rather, one that honors the Name above all Names.

But how do I do that?

How do I ensure that people see Jesus in me? By cultivating and producing the fruits of the Spirit in my life. What are they? Lets take a look at Galatians 5:22-23:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith(fullness)  gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23

Wow! That’s quite a list. How am I supposed to display each of these in my life? Well, let’s take a look at verses 24 and 25:

Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

GAlatians 5:24-25

Listen, if you belong to Jesus your flesh, and all of its earthly desires, has been crucified. It may not always feel like that, but it has. And as a result we are alive by the Spirit, and so we have to follow the Spirit. But we can’t follow the Spirit if we don’t spend time with Him.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is developed in spending time with the Holy Spirit. In prayer, in worship and in the Word. That’s where we find our instruction…and that’s where we get the power to live like He directs us to.

So, in all my passion to live like He calls me to, I will also slow down and just be with Him. I will pray that He speaks through His Word as I read it daily. I will worship Him and give Him fill reign in my life. I will ask Him to help me work on patience and self control (the two I struggle with the most).

And I will pray that when people see me, they see Jesus.

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