Sunday, February 1, 2009

Humbled, Blessed and Mulling a Few Things Over


I cannot say how blessed and humbled I was to find out that this blog was nominated for the Internet Cafe Devotions: Top 100 Christian Women's Blogs of 2008.
notes of jubilee was one of the top ten blogs nominated under the Cup Of The Day Blog. (You can find the button for The Internet Cafe, a sister site of CWO, on the sidebar. Click over, the site is such an encouragement.)

I have no idea who nominated my blog for this honor, but would like to say a big thank you. May the Lord Jesus Christ receive the honor and glory. It is Him that I gladly serve and surrender to.

And on that note, our pastor talked about surrendering today in church. What a blessing it was to just be in church again. Like a deep cleansing breath.

Since our move we hadn't found another church to attend and I was missing the fellowship with other Christians. We made the long trek to a church we attended year or so ago before The Calm One's deployment. And it was good to see so many familiar, loving faces. Because of the commute, I am unsure whether we'll be able to continue attending this church or not, but it was good to be back, if only for a short while.

At any rate, in the midst of his sermon on surrendering, someone in the congregation gave an illustration of the fruit of the Spirit. They mentioned that they'd always wondered why "fruit" in Galatians five was singular when the same verse goes on to mention love, joy peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness. . . Honestly, I had not thought of that before and this person had my full attention. I've gone twenty nine years (I was saved at age eight) assuming that there are many fruits of the Spirit. But the Bible says: "The fruit of the Spirit is . . ."

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.



They went onto say that perhaps the fruit of Spirit is a singular kind of fruit, like an orange, and the love, joy, peace, etc. are the attributes or segments, if you will, of the fruit all held together with God's Love.

Now, I am still mulling this over in my mind and processing, trying to see how this fits with the theology I've grown up with. And, more importantly, what I know of the Bible. But it does make sense in that we need all of those attributes in order to bear fruit.

And bearing fruit is, at least in part, what Christians are called to do. Because if we are bearing fruit, then we will be recognized as Christ's followers. And admittedly, that is truly the important part. Whether you believe that fruit of the Spirit is plural or singular, is not a deal-breaker for getting into Heaven. It's just a new twist to a concept that I hadn't considered before.

Anyone else want to weigh in on this?

12 comments:

  1. Congrats sweetie, well deserved.

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  2. Jubilee, it is nice to meet you and CONGRATS on the award.

    Blessings!
    In His amazing grace,
    Jill

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  3. Congratulations on the award!

    And I love your name!

    Blessings,

    Abigail @ Pearls and Diamonds

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  4. Jubilee,

    Stopping by to congratulate you and say "hello...so nice to meet you"!

    Interesting post, for sure. I feel certain I'm going to wake up at 2 am and have something provocative in my brain but for the moment I'm still stuck on interesting.

    Blessings to you!

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  5. Congratulations on your award. I am one of the devo writers at the Internet Cafe. This is my first visit to your blog. It's nice to meet you.

    I've known that scripture all my life yet have never noticed the "fruit" instead of "fruits". I looked the word up in the Strongs.

    One definition is "reaped harvest". It talks about the harvest. Maybe it's not that we will have "one fruit" at one time and another fruit at another time. Maybe it's that the bounty or harvest of the Spirit's presence in our lives is: love, joy, peace, patience, etc.

    The passages before that one talk of the evidences of living in the flesh.

    Then you see the evidences of the Spirit, fruit) Earlier in the book of Galatians it talks of how we no longer live, but Christ lives in us. As we realize Christ's life lived through us we will experience the "reaped harvest" of the fruit of His Spirit.

    Just thinking out loud.

    I hope you will come by for a visit. I love meeting new people.
    Julie

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  6. I am thrilled that you have this recognition because you truly deserve it!

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  7. Thanks everyone for your kind words. I cherish them.

    And, Julie, I am glad that you took the time to add to the conversation. That is a blessing on it's own.

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  8. Also:
    Julie, I do think you are onto something there. When considering the word fruit, I do realize that it could refer to more than one kind of fruit and therefore be a plural. We go to a fruit stand, not a fruits stand. We go to the store in search of fruit and it could mean apples and grapes and bananas too. I thought it was a unique and interesting illustration and wanted to share it.

    When we add in the fact that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches, and that God, our Father, the husbandman, prunes back the vines that are not fruit producing vines . . . it stands to reason that there is a possibility of one kind of fruit growing on that vine. If you wanna take the analogy that far.

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  9. Blessings Jubilee,

    I love when people share their church sermons!
    And on SURRENDERING & the Fruits of the Spirit...awesome! Soak in ALL of God's Word! I like this new concept of fruit being singular of plural...and seen as segments that we share of God's love. Interesting! I truly need more fruit to bear fruit! So I get this!

    I hope to get to know you and your blog better. Today however I'm on a mission of 100!

    Just stopping over to add my Congratulations!! on being one of the Top 100 at Internet Cafe!
    It is such an honor to know that we encourage & inspire others. It is pure JOY to see you honored in this way. I was so touched to be included among blogs like yours!

    Thanks for being such a blessing to us all!!!

    May God continue to lead & direct you & your blog as You honor Him first!

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  10. Congratulations on your top blog! I am a member of FIRST wildcard too! I enjoyed looking around your fabulous blog :)

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  11. I find it interesting that the "Fruit of the Spirit" is singular too. Glad you're back at church.

    Congrats on being one of the internet cafe's top 100 womens blogs, and thanks for stopping by.

    Blessings,
    e-Mom @ Chrysalis

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  12. CONGRATS!! you deserve it!! glad you were suprised!

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