Revelation 19 takes up this picture of Jesus with sword in hand going to conquer Satan – that ancient serpent! We will be the fruitful vineyard, because of God’s gardening in our lives!
What a green shoot of hope is found right in the middle of this passage!
“In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit.”
This is the outcome of God’s kingdom, come in power and might, that the Fruit of the Spirit be filling the world around us.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Pick one of the fruit, check our life against it. Then pick another and do the same. Onwards.
Be honest, are we blossoming and putting forth shoots that fill the portion of the world we are in with the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit – The Spirit of Jesus?
* Father God, make us more like Jesus!
Mark us as a people that bear the fruit of Jesus, His Spirit.
Please grow us, cause us to blossom and flourish as kingdom people, bearers of Your word, the good news, the gospel of Jesus into the darkness of the world.