I went over to listen to my neighbor’s peach tree last week.
Actually, I went over because he told me I could pick some of the peaches. But while I was there, I listened carefully.
The branches were full of ripening peaches, but I didn’t hear the tree straining with effort to produce the fruit. I didn’t ask, but I’m pretty certain the tree had not read a guidebook on the “Twenty Steps for Producing a Peach on Your Limbs.”
It appears that the peach tree was producing peaches because it was… well, because it was a peach tree. It was producing fruit naturally.
Galatians 5 tells us that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. So, if I have the Spirit in my life, He is producing His fruit? Maybe I should throw away that list of steps that tells me how I am to exhibit those qualities. Maybe I should depend on the Spirit to produce His fruit. But if I were to do that, who would deserve the glory?