“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”Galatians 5:22-23
As a young kid I’d ride my bike to the park and watch the Montclair Monkeys baseball team practice, longing to be a part of it. One day the coach said, “Dick, go get your glove and take right field.” Thus began years of playing ball. I truly loved it. But I also soon realized that to play well in only one game a week required hours and hours of disciplined practice and workout.
That’s what it is like in our spiritual life. We develop our spiritual workout program with regular discipline. This will continually develop our heart and love for God, training us to play on His team. As we grow in the fruit of the Spirit, we invest our time in spiritual growth, Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and accountability. It may seem wearisome at times, the way baseball practice did to me as a kid. But it will help us stand firm against the whims and impulses that tempt us to stray from Jesus.
It’s really not as complicated as some make it out to be. God promises to be with us and that “he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
While the discipline of spiritual growth always drives me to reach for more of Him, it also reveals how He is reaching for me!