God’s people are called to walk and bear spiritual fruit.
Today’s reading: Isaiah 27-28; Ephesians 5
6 In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit. Isaiah 27:6
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
Paul has painted a glorious picture of the purposes of God in all the earth, uniting Jews and Gentiles in Christ. Christians are made alive in Him, made one with God and all other believers, and called to live in a way that is worthy of their high calling.
In today’s reading the apostle uses the image of walking to describe the Christian life, a life lived as imitators of God. That walk is to be characterized by love, reflecting the sacrificial love of Jesus for us. We are to walk as children of the light, fleeing impurity, and covetousness, and even talk that shows approval of such behavior. Wisdom should be evident in our way of life and in our use of time. This does not mean we live in gloom, but we exchange drunkenness for the filling of the Spirit and praise-filled singing.
Isaiah foretold of the time when Israel would fill the world with fruit, perhaps, even more than he could have imagined. Jews and Gentiles united in the Messiah everywhere from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. The kingdom has come in part and it will come fully when Christ returns for His bride, the Church.
I can’t wait, can you? Meanwhile, let’s fill the world with fruit as we walk in love, light, and wisdom. I guess you could call that spiritual multi-tasking.