By Kurt Selles
April 29, 2023
As followers of Jesus, we are called to bear spiritual fruit. In a way, Jesus says, you can do this like a carefully tended vine will bear fruit for a gardener—and this will be for his Father’s glory. Like the branches of a vine, we cannot bear fruit on our own, but if we stay connected to Jesus, his life will remain in us, and we will continue to bear fruit (John 15:1-8).
This month we will focus on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Through the Holy Spirit, who keeps us connected to the life-giving love of Christ, we are able to produce fruit that glorifies God in all kinds of ways—and in an abundance that we could not imagine. And as our lives become more fruitful, we are drawn into sweeter communion with our amazing, triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
May’s author, George Koopmans, has served as an ecumenical chaplain at Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta, since November 2021. Prior to entering into chaplaincy, George served as a pastor to two congregations—one in Minnesota (Luverne), and the other in Medicine Hat. George and his wife, Emily, have four adult daughters and three grandchildren. Hiking, biking, and birdwatching are his favorite hobbies.
As you read the Today devotions this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!
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