In Galatians 5:22-25 we are taught by Paul about the Fruit of the Spirit, which is the result of living the way we were designed to live. When we grow, help others to grow, fruit is produced in your life and in theirs. God’s spirit goes ahead of us, preparing the way for us. But we have to make space for others. They have to believe that we really care. As we depend on the Spirit to work in and through us the fruit pours out in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Our job is to be present, filled with the Spirit, and ready to listen, then open to speak as the Spirit leads. We are not the Savior, He is, so we don’t need to feel that pressure. We just need to do our part.
Paul also tells us to ask for wisdom. Wisdom is knowledge applied so that we do the right thing, at the right time, with the right motive, in the right way. The soil has to have the right conditions.
I read in the book, Chasing the Vines by Beth Moore about the right conditions for growth. She notes that Terroir, pronounced Ter War, is the vitaculture’s word for sense of place. Terre, as you see in our English word terrain, is about the earth. Having the right condition of the soil. These two combined, right place and right condition of the soil, create the atmosphere for new growth to take place. Pray for the wisdom to know the right time, place, and people. Wisdom is likened to being seasoned with salt because it is healing, life-preserving, and taste enhancing. It makes life better, not worse! Wisdom is a gift, and all who have it are a blessing.
James 1:5 tells us “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Ask God to give you wisdom when people do ask you to listen to their problem. I know I cannot lean on my own wisdom. So often I would find myself ill-equipped to be listening to or ministering to people in situations I had no experience with myself! By praying for wisdom and the power of the Spirit to work in and through me, the words that seemed right for the time would come. God wants to use us to help people and to lead people to Him through sharing the truth of who she is in our lives.
But to get wisdom we need to get with Jesus! In other words you can’t know someone if you don’t spend time with them. Do you seek Jesus daily? Do you spend time with him? Is he first in your life? We cannot give what we do not possess. We must have Jesus in us to share Jesus! It is from the overflow of Jesus and the fruit that comes from that relationship that pours out onto others and will have lasting impact.
What does my daily time with God look like?
Where and when do I need to get Wisdom from Jesus right now?
What are the places (terroir) where the soil might be ready to receive Jesus?
Write down what Jesus is showing you. Be prepared when the time comes.