What Spiritual Fruit Is Jesus Seeking from Our Lives?
Winning others to Jesus Christ and helping them to grow spiritually is fruit.
Sometimes God gives us the privilege of personally leading someone to Christ, while at other times He simply allows us to “sow a seed.” It is and always will be God who gives the increase—but we certainly have a part to play. “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6).
“I often planned to come to you…in order that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles” (Romans 1:13).
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30).
Sharing what God has blessed us with is fruit.
When Paul gathered an offering from the Gentiles for the poor saints in Jerusalem, he called the offering “fruit”: “Therefore, when l have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will go by way of you to Spain” (Romans 15:28).
Not only is our gift considered fruit, but fruit is placed in our account as a result of our generosity: “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account” (Philippians 4:17).
Praising and thanking God is fruit.
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15).
Our change in conduct and character is fruit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22NIV).