The Sweet Life

The following is an excerpt from the upcoming release Creative Bible Lessons on The Trinity

I don’t have a green thumb. Actually, that’s an understatement. I have the ability to kill any plant growing within twenty feet of me. I’ve tried to learn and be careful with how I water and care for them, but every effort of mine inevitably sucks the life out of every plant. My wife, however, can bring a struggling flower back to life. She has something like “green hands.” As any plant-lover would say, they can only watch for signs and set the stage for health and growth. The rest is up to nature. In our Christian worldview, we know the rest is up to God.

The fruit of the Spirit works much the same way. The Father has planted a vineyard in which the Son is the vine, and we are the branches. We look for signs of connectedness between our life and the vine and place ourselves in the hands of our Father, the Vinedresser, for our health. In this, the Spirit feeds and empowers us to grow fruit – fruit reminiscent of the character of Christ. As Jerry Bridges puts it, “A life that grows in loving God becomes like God.”[1] May we as leaders model a fruitful life on the vine so our teens can experience the sweet life in community with God and others.

*Pre-order your copy of Creative Bible Lessons on the Trinity HERE.

[1] Bridges, Jerry. The Fruitful Life: The Overflow of God’s Love Through You (2006), p. 11.

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