Focus on the Fruit and NOT the Gift


Hello Peeps, 

I’ve been reading various prophetic utterances for the coming year of 2018 and I receive a lot of emails from Elijah’s list since I am a subscriber. The post I read can be seen if you click here on this link. The one thing that stood out to me was this phrase that I will highlight in RED:


Some of you need to quiet the voices around you and hear His heart for yourself and your families for the coming year. While others need to surround yourself with wise counsel to make sound decisions for the sake of you and your family! Don’t be so impressed by the gifts, but rather the fruit. The fruit will reveal the root. 


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I think that as Christians, we need to stop focusing on people’s spiritual giftings in the church and realize that it’s not enough by God’s standard to simply be “spiritually gifted” and yet fail in terms of our Characters. What good does it do for the Kingdom of God, if people have the gift(s) of prophecy, spiritual discernment, evangelism, the gift of a Teacher, Pastor, etc and yet not have the character to maintain these gift(s)? A heart that is not fully submitted to the will of Christ cannot be used effectively to advance the message of Christ Jesus to the nations. Humility is the key trait that allows for the grace of God to manifest the gifts of the Spirit effectively in a Believer.


But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”

 


Image result for fruits vs giftsIt is important that as Christians, we don’t get caught up in the system or status quo of churches who start to place “gifted individuals” on such a high pedestal that they fail to see that they are not perfect people and that they are simply humans who are also in need of a Saviour. Some churches have a bad habit of esteeming the “Gifted” to such an extent that it cultivates PRIDE, that they forget the “Gift-giver” who is God in the process. Just because someone is gifted doesn’t automatically and necessarily mean that they bear good fruit as a result of being “gifted”. We must always assess people on the basis of their Fruit and Characters, and not simply get caught up in their popular “Status quo” as a measuring stick of how simply “amazing” they appear to be by our flawed standards. Popularity by mans standards means nothing to God if your overall character stinks.


For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?


For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

Related imageOn the other hand, God calls who He wants to call and we can’t judge those that the Lord chooses to use. Age has no bearing on who God calls to do His will. Someone’s social-economic status has no bearing on who God calls to do His will. The Gender profile or someone’s Racial background, nationality, and/or Familial backgrounds also have no bearing on who God calls to do His will. Our personal prejudices mean absolutely nothing to God who chooses to call any person that is obedient enough to do His will. God is willing to use any willing vessels that will SUBMIT to His will and do what is asked of them out of obedience. The question is, are you willing to be used for God’s Glory?


Image result for walk by faithGod has a tendency to use the least likely of individuals to perform wonders, and sometimes, they tend to be the reluctant ones that He pushes, prods and nudges to be obedient to His will, who eventually end up doing amazing and crazy things as a result of their obedience. We certainly can’t place any limits on what God will do and who He will choose to use to perform His wonders. Sometimes the things God requires of us to do won’t always make any sense, but if we simply trust in His leading, we will surely prosper. Ask yourself today, Are you willing to bend to the will of God in your life? If you are, then this coming year will bear amazing things for you to witness if you just believe. You will most likely be led to do things that will push you out of your comfort-zone and be led to do things that won’t make sense to others. However, whatever you do in obedience to God’s leading, you will reap such a great reward, that blessings will overtake you before you start to see them manifest in your life. Shut out the noise of any naysayer(s) and simply put your 100% trust in whatever God impresses on your heart to do. Some will receive dreams and visions of what they ought to do, so learn to tune your Spirit to God’s frequency so that you’ll be able to move at the right timing to obtain the promises that He has for you in the coming New Year. Learn to take steps of Faith this year and into the upcoming year of 2018 and be encouraged, Amen! God Bless You Everybody! 😀

8 thoughts on “Focus on the Fruit and NOT the Gift

  1. Yes, yes. We all crave the gifts, but frequently ignore the fruit of the Spirit. And yet, how like Christ our characters should become! Thank you for reminding me that it isn’t about what is often on “show,” but rather in the quiet work of the Holy Spirit, conforming me to the image of Christ. Thank you!

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  2. Both are needed, fruit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Only thing needed is gifts should be driven by love. Jesus was moved with compassion and healed people. Instead of saying focus on fruit instead of gift, better say focus on both. Both are essential to be like Christ on earth.

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    • Agreed. It’s true that we should focus on both, however, my emphasis in this post is to not outweigh one as more important than the other. Sometimes, in the church, people get too focused on the gift that a person has that they don’t assess their fruit dispite being gifted. I just want people to have balance. Essentially, both are essential if people are balanced. What good is it to be gifted without character? Some churches prize the gift of a person so much that they ignore the character flaws some might possess. I think people need balance is what I wanted to emphasize. Thanks for your comment and stopping by. God Bless. – Sherline

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