Walking in the Spirit

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians 5:13-26

Childish? Complex? Irrelevant?

The above passage from Galatians 5 has been labeled all three:Childish, because of the silly Sunday School songs. Complex, because fruit isn’t as easy as buying it in a store. Irrelevant, because self is all that matters.

But God’s word isn’t any of those things at all. God’s word is immovable. And it all tells a story. God designed his word to tell his story, and he designed us to tell it, too.

God’s story is the Gospel. The whole fruit thing is a metaphor – but it’s an extremely appropriate one. It helps us identify our place in that story, once we understand all its nuances.

What’s with the name?

The whole premise of Fruitstand is to dissect this passage and identify some of its practical applications. And with “fruit” being a key part, I felt compelled to incorporate it in the name. So, without giving too much away, the name Fruitstand is meant to embody all the facets of the fruit metaphor: the fruit itself, the farmer who cultivated the soil and grew the produce; and the consumer who finds the farmer and partakes of the fruit. Plus it was available as a short domain name, so there’s that.

About the Author

My name’s Josh, and I live in Arizona with my beautiful wife and daughter. I also love Jesus, writing, learning, teaching, design, photography, technology, coffee, traveling, and good food.

I’m a volunteer leader in several ministries in my local church; I work full-time as an instructional designer; and I also work part-time as a writer, web designer, and photographer.

As a kid who grew up in church, I never thought more about the fruit of the Spirit as anything more than an image of a basket of actual fruit, or as words in a Vacation Bible School song.

As a young adult, I always thought of it as a simple list of good characteristics that Christians should have.

But God has spent some time over the past few years revealing to me that it’s much more than that, though. As I learn, I’m using this space on the internet to document it all. This way, I can revisit some of it later, and share with whoever comes across it.

My goal is to update this site at least once every couple weeks with new thoughts as God reveals them to me in my studies, and possibly turn it into a podcast one day if the opportunity presents itself. Stay tuned on that.

Thanks for reading!