CHRISTMAS TEA – CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, WYCKOFF, NJ
DECEMBER 1 & 2, 2011
I don’t know about you, but it seems I always crave the fruit that are in season. In summer, I just want the peaches, plums, cherries and watermellon. But by the end of summer, my body starts to crave the fall fruit and vegetables and I start thinking of apples, pears, pumkins and squash. I actually begin to desire to turn on the oven and cook! I love roasted vegetables, baked potatoes ( having my fill of potato salad), and oh those pies! My body just seems to know the change of season and craves that produce.
There’s another fruit that’s not naturally edible, but that I crave all year long. I need this fruit to live a healthy life just as I get sustenance from the fruit I eat in season. This fruit is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This fruit is nourishing to our souls and spirit. You can’t buy it, and it will never be out of season. It’s a free gift just for the asking. And even better, this fruit will build up another, just by being in you!
Peaches and apples produce a healthy body. People who eat lots of fruit and vegetables look and feel great. In the Bible, in the book of Daniel, we read how Daniel ate only fruit and vegetables and he was stonger and healthier that those fed with the delicacies from the king’s table. That may be a good lesson for us with the choices we make in the foods we eat. I’m still not there yet.
The fruit of the Spirit does for our spirit what natural fruit does for our body. It makes us stronger and we look great because it radiates from us. By feasting on the fruit of the Spirit, we produce love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. (Galatians 5:22)
I want to be nourished and filled with the Spirit so that I can have His good fruit overflow from me. I want to be a fruit-bearer!
O taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalm 34:8)