Life is not always easy. It is continuously filled with ups and downs. The greatest ups are sometimes followed by the greatest downs. Look what happened to Jesus. He went from the blessings of the Jordan River to the trials and temptations of the desert:
Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where He was tempted by the devil for forty days. (Luke 4:1-2)
Just like our Master, who went from the refreshment of the river to the dryness of the desert, so it is with us, His followers.
But what about living the Christian life and demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit every single day, week after week, month after month, year after year, no matter what?
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
We are instructed as Christians to possess all these traits known as the ‘Fruit of the Spirit’. They are not just for when we are on the mountaintops. They are also to be exemplified when we are in the valleys and dark times in our life. In reality, the Bible refers to them as a singular trait of inseparable traits.
But how is that possible, to be consistent through the good and bad times, the ups and downs, the mountaintops and valleys, the times of light and the times of darkness? The following verses answer that:
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5:8-11)
Simply put: Even though we will go through dark times in our life, if we are true practicing Christians and have the light of Jesus inside of us, that light will shine out of us and light the world around us. We are to be shaped by what is inside of us, and not by what takes place in the world around us. We are to be the game changers to the world, not the other way around.
Since everyone that we come into contact with are not true practicing Christians, we will have some who seem to be in a rut for most of their lives. There is a saying that goes like this: “Be kind…for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle!”
We have a responsibility each and every day with each and every person to light up their world through kindness and introduce them to the light of Jesus. Are you being the light you should be? Are you consistent in your Christian walk even when you go through the sequels to your blessings?