In what could be described as frustration, I was going back and forth with God, sharing my thoughts and concerns with him about not moving forward as quickly as I wanted.
I was doing all of this in prayer, stowing myself away from all of the people and traffic and simply pleading to God for clarity and understanding. I told Him of my frustration with not seeing things grow or change as quickly as I had hoped.
Fortunately, the Lord gave me a bit of peace first from all of the anxiety. Then, over the past few days, I felt led to simply sit down and read my Bible. Besides, I had a sermon to prepare for anyway.
Day by day passed and I found myself focused less on the “what-if’s” of the coming days and more on being productive and actually bearing fruit.
Not long after that, a whole day of chores got done! Most everything in my schedule book was knocked out!
Then, after that, I got hit with a ton of blog ideas.
And my comic strip seemed to come alive again along with an assortment of other ideas in my head.
Inside of me, I felt less anxious. I felt less concerned about the days ahead. I felt peace. I actually feel, and believe, that the Lord is up to something major and I’m a part of it. And it feels amazing!
Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of life, we forget. We move so quickly to make things happen that we somehow foolishly forget that apart from Christ we can do nothing.
Upon reading John 15:1-8, I realized that not only is it my responsibility to abide in Christ (stay connected to Him) but also an opportunity for me to bear fruit from that connection.
The fruit is not just a bunch of actions either…but…of everything that glorifies God and changes us so that we become more like Christ.
The actions that are genuine and becoming of a Christ follower come as a result of the fruit because of our connection to Christ Jesus, the true vine.
I think of the fruits of the spirit when I read Galatians 5:22-24
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
A computer, a smartphone or any of our favorite electronic devices can only run on their own for so long. They too need a power source to connect too to be of any good use to us.
Our connection to Christ is crucial in not only our surviving but in our thriving and striving to live for the Kingdom and affect change in the culture.