Halloween is all about candy, and tonight we will probably hand out around 10,000 pieces. Whether tart, chocolatey, or nutty, they are all sugary sweet. It’s fun to indulge ourselves once in a while. But that sugar rush doesn’t last long, and if that’s all that you ever eat, you won’t be very healthy! You need nutritious food.
As important as our physical health is, spiritual health is even more important. In fact, the Bible often uses fruit as a picture of well-being—not the fruit that we eat, but the fruitful characteristics that should be present in our lives. In Galatians 5:22-23, for instance, the Apostle Paul wrote,
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Isn’t that how you want to live? We aspire to these characteristics because God created us to live this way. But we must all admit that our best efforts fall far short. We succumb to temptation and act in sinful ways. So, our lives do not measure up to God’s standard and we deserve his condemnation and rejection.
But there is good news…
God sent his Son, Jesus, to live this perfectly fruitful life. Yet Jesus suffered, died, and rose again to pay for our sins. If we believe in him, our sins are forgiven and we receive his perfect standing before God. He also sends the Holy Spirit into the lives of believers so that we can begin to bear spiritual fruit.
But there is a problem. A lot of people who claim to be Christians show no evidence of spiritual fruit in their lives. How could that be? One possibility is that they do not really believe in Christ. They may accept his existence, but they are not following him as Lord and Savior of their lives. That means that they do not have the Holy Spirit and cannot bear this kind of fruit.
Another possibility is that their spiritual diet lacks substance. Superficial interaction with God’s Word can be like candy. It may give you an emotional rush, but it will not nourish your soul. To live a fruitful life, you need to understand the Bible and to apply it to your life.
Wherever you stand spiritually, Calvary East is here to help. We would love for you to join us at a Sunday morning worship service. If you have questions about knowing and following Jesus, I would be glad to speak with you.
– Bryan Craddock