“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good,” [Genesis 1:31]
From the very beginning of time, God was good. He was a good God who made good things. In Genesis, He called the earth and the seas “good.” He saw that night and day were good. He said the stars were good. He saw that it was good to put cattle on the earth. God wasn’t quite satisfied, though, until He created Adam and Eve, until He created us. He saw everything that He had made and called it very good—not just “okay” or “good enough.” He didn’t say, “Oh, that will do.” The God who made all of those good things in the beginning is the SAME God we have the joy of worshipping today.
This fruit of the Spirit is about us, as followers of Christ, taking every opportunity to live out the goodness of God. The goodness of God is everywhere is the Bible. We see it when He multiplies the loaves of bread. We see it when He heals Bartimaeus, who was blind. We see it when Jesus chooses not to condemn the woman caught in adultery. We see it when He took our sins upon Himself, rose from the grave, and gave us His Holy Spirit so that we could have relationship with Him for eternity.
Goodness is a complex fruit. Even if we know that God is good, it can be difficult to believe that we have the ability to be good. We see our failures all the time. We dwell in sadness and bully ourselves way too often. Thankfully, God calls us higher in those places, and every moment we lose sight of Him, He’s there to remind us of His goodness. And y’all, the coolest thing is that God literally lives in us. We’re made in His image. That’s why He saw Adam and Eve, and was like “oh yeah, this is very good.” Because God is good, we are good. We have the potential to bear goodness everywhere we turn.
Paul challenges us in Galatians 5:25 when he says, “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” We worship a God of abundance. He does not withhold any good thing from us. He is compassionate, merciful, gracious, forgiving, and so much more. When we choose to bear good fruit, we exemplify these characteristics of God. What an honor.
So what now?
Invite God to give you opportunities to do good. Ask Him what it would look like for you to emulate His goodness to the people around you. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” It’s all about giving God the glory He deserves. Bearing good fruit is as simple as loving people like Jesus loved people. That’s what the Holy Spirit is for.
However, we have to remember though that we are not doing good so that we will thought highly of. Our goal is not to rack up points in society by being a “good” person. We’re not asking for any extra credit. If we get there, we’re missing the point. To bear goodness is to let the love of Christ dwell in You and then radiate from you.
Lastly, Paul encourages us and says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up,” (Galatians 6:9). God loves to do good through you. Though it can be tiring for us, it’s not hard for Him. Ask Him to help you out. He’d love to.
God, thank You for being good. I ask that Your Holy Spirit strengthens me and encourages me to be good and do good, as You are good. Thank you that there is no pressure attached to this, but a longing to love You and Your people well. Place more opportunities in front of me to bear good fruit. Love You a lot. In Jesus’ name, Amen.