The Apostle Paul’s list of “the fruit of the Spirit” in Galatians 5 includes character traits and virtues that are appealing to almost all of us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
But just how much do we want this fruit?
On a piece of paper, write out the question once put by Jesus to a person in need in Mark 10:51: “What do you want me to do for you?” Then write down the three things you want more than anything else in the world.
Now look at your three desires. Do you most want to have, do or be? Do your choices refer to possessions, achievements or character?
When the question was asked of the young Solomon, he responded by asking God to bless him with “a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.”
(I Kings 3:9)
I hope that at least one of your and my three main desires has to do with character and virtue. The Scriptures tell us of God’s desire that we be “conformed to the image of his Son.” (Romans 8:29) No Christian could possibly have a greater ambition.
So, happy is the person who can truthfully answer Jesus’ question by saying, “What I want you to do for me, Lord, is to make me a loving, joyful, peaceable, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, disciplined Christian!”
I pray that blessing for you as for myself!
THE REV. G. DANIEL MCCALL IS THE MINISTER OF PASTORAL CARE AT FAIRVIEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN NORTH AUGUSTA.