“The Fruit of Goodness”
“Goodness me, is it Friday already!” Today’s focus is on the spiritual fruit of goodness. “But the fruit of the Spirit is……goodness……” (Galatians 5:22-23)
I think it’s good to start by asking what we mean by the word ‘good’. Have you ever noticed the wide and sometimes even careless use we make of the word “good”? We use it so frequently that we almost say it without thinking. Yet a thing or experience you might call good, someone else will think of it as only fair, poor or even bad or evil! “Good” implies some degree of excellence. What varies is the precise degree of excellence that lies unsaid, unexpressed, hidden in the heart, when we use “good” as a sweeping statement.
Now I had to consult Mr Google about the usage of ‘good’. Consider the following uses of ‘good’:
The list goes on but you get the point. The above list is a ‘good’ overview of some of this very versatile word’s uses in everyday English.
Yet, in its strictest sense, only God is good. Our human ‘goodness’ derives from our Creator who is the ultimate definition of ‘good’. Jesus confirms this truth when responding to the young rich ruler’s question:
“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” (Mark 10:17-18, NKJV)
Note those strong words of Jesus – ‘No one is good but One, that is God!’ No one is good except God! It is impossible to have goodness unless God lives in and through you.
Goodness is living a life that would not make sense unless God exists. Read what I’ve just said, slowly. This will be my prime focus in this Sunday’s sermon.
How do you live such a life? Answer: By yielding to the Holy Spirit. The key word here is ‘yielding.’ The more you yield or let go and let the Holy Spirit lead you, the more people see the goodness of God in you!
How do you yield to the Holy Spirit? Answer: By being dead to sin. And that is a daily commitment of crucifying your flesh through depending on the Holy Spirit’s power. (see Romans 8:12-13; Galatians 2:20)
How do you die to sin (daily crucifying your flesh)? Answer: By trusting and obeying God’s Word, daily. This is why we must hear, read, study, memorise, meditate and apply God’s Word to our lives every day. This is our power house!
Goodness then is God’s life lived out in you. And that life of God is greater and stronger than all the forces of sin, all the forces of evil. Goodness is really letting God manifest His life in you and through you.