Before we go into the juiciness of the wine allegory, let us first deal with the commodity that is used to produce it. What is wine made from? Well, you’ve got it right! Wine is derived from fruit, and the most commonly used fruit is grape. How does this fruit, the raw material apply to us? In this allegory, what is our fruit?
Fruit can be defined in two (2) ways:
- It is any or everything that is born from our obedience to God.
We are commanded in Matthew 28:19-20 to go into all the world to make disciples; again in Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”
Therefore fruit translates to the glorious thing that is produced as a result of our obedience and submission to the Lord. From the healing of the sick, manifestation of miracles to appraisals at your place of employment, all these are considered fruit. Did you give encouragement that brought healing to someone? This is fruit.
We see the manifestation of fruit in the Acts of the Apostles over and over. We recall that the first sermon that was preached at at the outpouring of Holy Spirit, caused 5000 souls to be added to the Church. This is fruit that resulted from the obedience of the Apostles to preach the Gospel. What fruit in your life is pending production? What were God’s last instructions to you? I do pray that you would obey, thereby yielding good fruit.
2. The Fruit of the Spirit
When we come to know Christ and have made him the Lord of our lives, Scripture assures us that we are new creatures.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2Corinthians 5:17
As believers we are called out of our fleshly nature with its reactions and mindsets in order to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5 makes the distinction between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit.
Concerning the fruit of the Spirit it says:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
The fruit of the Spirit must be evident in our lives at all times!
Our fruit flowing from obedience as well as the fruit of the Spirit manifested in our lives will bring life, joy, gladness and hope to others in the midst of the turmoil that is ever increasing in this world. Let me also remind us that this fruit, is what characterizes us as being children of God. In John 15:18 Jesus said that His disciples produce much fruit that brings joy to the Father, and also in Matthew 7:15-20 that men will be known by their fruits. These are the things that will prove who is truly of God and who is not.
Let Us Pray…
Father, You have determined by Your word that I will be identified by the fruit that I produce. I pray today that You would help me to mortify and put to death the deeds of my flesh, my sinful nature, and help me to be obedient so that I will at all times produce good fruit that will please and glorify You. Through my obedience may miracles occur, demons be cast out, people be healed and may lives be convicted as I demonstrate your love, joy, peace and all aspects of the fruit of the Spirit. I thank You for this journey Lord, I know that You have already given me the ability to walk in obedience to You. I pray in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
By Joanna Lloyd