What Does Jesus Look Like?
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Galatians 5: 22-24
A little boy was punished, confined to his room, but he would always sneak out after his parent's went to bed. He would escape from his window, and then climb down an old fruit tree.
One day, his father told him that he was going to chop down that fruit tree because it had not borne any fruit for years. That evening, the boy and his friend bought a bushel of apples and, during the night, tied the apples on the branches of the true.
The next morning, the man could not believe his eyes. He said to his wife, "Honey, I can't believe it. That old tree that has been barren for so long is covered with apples. And the most amazing thing is that it is a PEAR TREE!
Did you know that the Bible compares every good, godly and growing Christian to a tree? It is because a tree bears fruit of itself to indicate that it is not dead and lifeless.
I think of the little boy who was disappointed with the smallness of the egg his bantam had laid. He went downtown, returned with a large package, unwrapped it, and pulled out a large ostrich egg. He held it up to his little bird and said, "Now, take a good look at this and try harder."
I'm sure that is the way many Christians feel as they look at their unproductive and unfruitful lives.
Major Ian Thomas said, "Through the Holy Spirit, man can make himself available to God, and God is prepared to make Himself available to man. The Spirit becomes the Agent of a mutual inter-availability. All there is of God is available to every human being who is available to all there is of God."
Let's review what we have discovered so far from the past several weeks.
Ephesians 6: We are in a battle against the world, the flesh and the devil. But, we have been given the "whole armor of God" to use in the battle.
Romans 6: We learn some truths that many Christians never learn.
We have been crucified with Christ. The day that we were saved, ...
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