So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.
Human beings were created to live fruitful lives. Thus we have within us a deep-seated desire to produce through our lives that which really matters. Can’t you feel a yearning to produce “a harvest of good deeds for God?” Wouldn’t you like to come to the end of your life knowing that your efforts made a genuine difference for the Lord?
This does not happen simply through our own best efforts or intentions. We will bear generous fruit in our lives when we are “united with the one who was raised from the dead.” How does this happen? Through his Word and Spirit, Christ guides us. That same Spirit empowers us and gives us wisdom. Because Christ forgives us, we are free from guilt and shame, free to live with boldness. The result is truly fruitful living, and the joy that comes from knowing our lives matter.
REFLECTION: In what ways are you producing a harvest of good deeds for God? What keeps you from producing this harvest each day?
Rev Micheal O. Peters