“In Christ…” The Paradigm Shift from Successful to Fruitful – Part 4 of 5

Fruits that Grow in Vulnerability

“There is a great difference between successfulness and fruitfulness. Success comes from strength, control, and respectability. A successful person has the energy to create something, to keep control over its development, and to make it available in large quantities. Success brings many rewards and often fame. Fruits, however, come from weakness and vulnerability. And fruits are unique. A child is the fruit conceived in vulnerability, community is the fruit born through shared brokenness, and intimacy is the fruit the grows through touching one another’s wounds. Let’s remind one another that what brings us true joy is not successfulness but fruitfulness.” (Henri Nouwen)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).

“In Christ…”, may you be a basket of sweet, luscious, juicy, nourishing, satisfying, and surprising fruit to each person God places in your life… each “TODAY…” (Psalm 95:7-8)!


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