Last week I wrote about checklists - and here it is again in a different context. The context of our spiritual life.
Have you ever considered the fruits of the Spirit as recorded in Galatians 5 a sort of checklist or growth-chart of how you're doing in your spiritual walk with Christ? Yikes, I will admit that I sure have. (Wow, there's that Type A Personality I wrote about last week creeping in again.) In fact, once upon a time, I considered focusing on one 'fruit' each month to try and improve on it as a good idea (for myself and the children). It would appear I missed the point of the verse completely:
"The fruit of the Spirit"
Meaning, this is not the fruit of me, working and striving to be more loving, more joyful, peaceful, etc. No, this the work of God's Holy Spirit in me. These are His fruits in the believer's life. In fact, interestingly yet not surprising, the greek word for goodness is "agathosyne" which means: inherently good. And as God's adopted children, reborn, we inherit Jesus' righteousness.
We cannot manufacture our own goodness.