I have been studying the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22. And while doing so, I stumbled upon a message by Bruce Miller. Bruce is the teaching pastor of Christ Fellowship in McKinney Texas, where our son Andrew is the Worship Pastor.
He was teaching on self-control, the final fruit of the Spirit. And he asked a very interesting question. “Is it really self-control or is it Spirit controlled?”
If I’m totally fixated on the willpower that I can muster up against my sin nature, I’m already defeated. Because my focus is on my sin and my effort.
But if my focus is on Christ’ finished work and allowing the Holy Spirit to produce the character of Christ in my life, then self control occurs supernaturally by God’s grace in my life.
In the same way we plant a fruit tree, but God causes it to grow, so we also reveal the fruit of the Spirit that He alone can produce in our lives.
So lets stop trying to force out a fruit and let’s submit to God’s Spirit and worship Him with our bodies.
A Living Sacrifice
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.