Goodness: A Fruit of the Spirit
18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ ~Exodus 33:18–19
Isn’t it interesting that when Moses asked God to show him His glory, instead, God decides to have his goodness pass before him? Goodness is central to who God is–it’s at His core. God is Love, and He expresses His love through His Goodness. It’s His might and His power. It flows from Him to us just as a vine feeds the fruit (John 15).
Nearly every human seeks to be good. Certainly, every Christian hopes, strives, or works to be good. As Kingdom Men, we able to walk in the freedom that any goodness in us is not a result of anything we do, but what He is doing in us.
I often say that I want to be a part of “God’s Tuesdays.” That means I want to be a part of His ordinary everyday things. We get a lot of excitement out of Fridays and Saturdays. Many dread Mondays, and we get a boost of energy on Hump Day, but Tuesday is just ordinary. But it’s in our ordinary where God does the extraordinary! As Kingdom Men, we are invited to–no we GET to–have the privilege to demonstrate His glory by revealing His goodness in our lives to others. Every day, someone around us is asking God, pleading with Him to be real in their life. They want to see His glory; they want to know that He notices them. He reassures them that He will show them His goodness and sends you to pass before them. He has given us our own stories and they are full of His goodness. He has provisioned and equipped us to deliver His goodness to those who like Moses are begging to see it in their physical, spiritual, mental, and financial needs.
Goodness is a fruit of the Spirit that has to be shared. It grows sweeter in us when we give it freely to others. Like all of the fruits, we can create it, and it is given freely to us by the spirit so its source can never run dry. The more we give of it, the more space we create for it to be replenished in us by the Father.
Today’s Prayer: Father, thank you for your Goodness. Thank you for demonstrating it to me. Father, ripen this Fruit of the Spirit in me. Provide me with opportunities to be a blessing to others in my expression of your goodness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.