Flower bulbs are usually very ugly. Most of them are brown, twisted and deformed. But if you plant these bulbs and water them, they will turn into colorful spring flowers. The bulbs may be ugly, but they become beautiful plants that glorify God.
Our lives are like a flower bulb. Before we decide to follow and obey God, our lives are ugly with sin. We may do wrong things or not be kind to other people. But when we confess our sins, repent and accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, God cleanses us. Then we become beautiful and our hearts are prepared to do good things for Him.
God gives us His Holy Spirit to live in us and help us grow in Jesus. Galatians 5:22-23 lists characteristics that the Holy Spirit helps us have in our lives. “But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these kinds of things.” As we grow in Jesus, the Holy Spirit helps us do more good things for God and His kingdom.
Look for ways today to show the fruit of the Spirit in your life. And ask God to help you grow in Jesus every day.