Yesterday, I cleaned out the vegetable and fruit bins of my fridge. The
vegetables had rotted, except for a bag of cut celery.
The fruit bin was worse. At first glance, the apples and grapes looked
somewhat "normal", but on closer inspection, I could see mold beginning
to take up residence on the apples.
And the bag of grapes? Mold had already moved in and made itself at home.
I tossed it all down the disposal, then made an unusual discovery:
Underneath all the fruit in that bin, lay a world of decay. There were
colors of purple, black, gray, green and yellow mushy undergrowth.
As I removed most of it with a paper towel, I scolded myself for not cleaning
out the fridge more often, and for allowing food to rot.
I poured hot, soapy water in both bins and allowed them to soak
awhile. With a brush, I scrubbed away any "tell-tell" signs of mold and
old fruit, then repeated the process, before rinsing and drying.
My refrigerator bins were ready for more fresh fruit. I gave a contented
sigh as I filled them with a couple bags of fresh, crisp apples.
That's when the truth hit me, as I mumbled, "Those bins are like my life,
You see, my life holds God's presence. The evidence is, "the fruit of the
Spirit" He has given me to share with others.
When I do not share him, His Spirit lies dormant within me, and spiritual
fungi sets in. My rotten "fruit" is then good for just one thing.....the garbage disposal.
On the other hand, as I share Him with those I come in contact with,
there is a continual giving out and taking in of His Spirit.
My fruit is always fresh.
Something to chew on.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control....” Galatians 5:22-23
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