Congratulations! We are halfway through our fruit challenge. I hope this challenge is helping you to focus more on the work of the Holy Spirit in you and less on your own works. Last week we talked about gentleness. We learned that the kind of gentleness the Holy Spirit produces in us takes into consideration another’s inabilities and weaknesses. How’d you do? In places where you would have been harsh did you allow the fruit of gentleness to flow through? I do hope so.
This week our challenge is in the fruit of Goodness. The kind of goodness that Paul is talking about in Galatians 5:22 is not only goodness in character but also beneficial in its effect. This kind of goodness is seen in Jesus in Acts 10:38 which says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” This is the kind of goodness that the Holy Spirit produces in us. It’s the ability to benefit and make a difference in someone’s life. The scripture says that “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power.” Jesus used that anointing and power to make a difference in the world. Well, we too have been anointed with the same Holy Ghost and power to do the same things that Jesus did. We are anointed to go about in this world and do good. We are anointed to be salt and light in the world. All we have to do is locate a need. As we go about our day and daily routine we are confronted with opportunities to do good all we have to do is do it. Remember, you are anointed with the Holy Ghost and with power, in other words you were re-created to do good.
Therefore, throughout this week let’s yield to the Holy Spirit as we go about our day and use the power that’s given to us to do good. II Corinthians 9:8 says, And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” God will always supply us with what we need to do good and no act of love is too small.