So, you’re reading this right now because you must feel the same pain I do. I love watermelon; it’s my favorite fruit. Put a little salt on it (YES – that’s what I said, so wipe that look of disgust off your face and just try it!) and you’re transported to a heavenly place. So, why doesn’t Walmart carry watermelons in the winter? I mean, don’t they get it?!? Watermelon is amazing and should be on-demand at all times, every day, no matter what! But it isn’t for one simple reason – it’s not in season.
It seems like everything has its season, and we may be fully convinced of this. There are some things we’d like to enjoy year-round, but it isn’t possible because the season dictates what is available and what isn’t. We don’t just apply this to fruit, but we view many areas of our lives like this.
I mean, who doesn’t love, love? Everyone wants to be in love, but we have to admit we reduce love to a particular season because sometimes we love and then other times we don’t feel like it. We all want joy, but there are certain seasons of life where joy seems absent or even unobtainable. Peace: who doesn’t want more peace? Yet peace seems fleeting and in a moment it can be taken due to an unexpected tragedy or simply a shift in your schedule.
So, when the Bible talks about the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – we think it is a great idea, but it’s seasonal. LET ME TELL YOU THIS……IT’S NOT SEASONAL! The fruit of the Spirit doesn’t abide by the same natural laws as that tasty, wonderful, water-filled summer treat.
As a follower of Christ, the fruit of the Spirit is not something you experience in a season, but it should be evident in your life no matter what season you find yourself. Love should be abiding and not fleeting or dependent on how you’re treated. Joy can be possessed even in the most difficult times. Self-control can stand strong when temptation comes knocking.
Our problem is this: we try to experience the fruit of the Spirit through natural means in a fallen natural world, and it’s impossible. If you want to live with each fruit in all seasons of your life, you’re going to have to get closer to Jesus and walk with Him daily.
If you’re wondering how to develop greater consistency in possessing the Fruit of the Spirit and living with it in all seasons of your life, stay tuned for more on my blog! God’s going to do great things in you this year as you apply His Word to your life!