When women are pregnant, we are expectant of children. A Christian is pregnant with fruits. To bear fruits as humans means to show qualities that are aligned with who/what you are connected to. Fruits are not forced to be evident, they spring forth naturally when the tree gets the right nutrients needed for their growth. Fruitfulness is a command given to us by God as seen in Genesis 1:22 which says,
“And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth”.
As believers, the fruits we bear are results of our fellowship with God. The kinds of fruits we bring forth are meant to show others our true identity. Man was made in the likeness of God and so it is expected to exhibit the characteristics of God. These characteristics are known as the Fruit of the Spirit because it is the Holy Spirit at work in us that brings us into our true nature which is the nature of Christ.
Galatians 5:22-23 listed out the fruit of the Spirit,
“…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”.
The fruit of the Spirit are expected of believers to bear but these fruits are only made manifest when the Holy Spirit has been given charge of our lives. If one wants to bear these fruits, the Holy Spirit has to be present because He is the one that transforms us from our old man to the new man (Romans 8:11).
When it comes to spiritual growth, fruit of the Spirit show the consistency of our relationship with God, thus when we stop bearing these fruits, it is showing results of we not abiding in Christ (John 15:4). The Holy Spirit is our growth catalyst that causes us to produce fruits. The Holy Spirit at work in you gives the guarantee of bearing fruits.
Acts 6:5a describes Stephen as a man full of faith (faith comes by the Holy Spirit’s conviction in our hearts). This was one of the criterions for choosing him and the others for the work they needed them to do. The fruits you bear are results of your growth; your relationship with God. You are described as a person using the kind of fruits you bear. Stephen was a man of the Spirit; the fruits he bore were the kinds which only the Spirit could produce.
What kind of fruits are evident in your lives? How do people refer to you?
What characteristics are you exhibiting? What characteristic in your life is showing that you are a child of God?
You are not meant to be empty, you are expected to have fruits (Psalm 1:3). Don’t just remain at the “I just got saved” level, grow in faith; begin to bear fruits that shows growth. You cannot have fruits if you do not grow. Fruits are evidences of growth. Fruits take a while to be evident. There is a lot involved in the growth process to bear fruits but when the fruit becomes evident, it brings so much honour unlike the fig tree in Mark 11:12-14.
To bear fruits also mean to win souls which is the mandate Jesus Christ gave to us in Matthew 28:19-20 to,
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen”.
When you exhibit the characteristics of Christ, you bring people closer to you which is evangelism.
Be a fruit bearer, you are pregnant with fruits (John 15:8).