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What Do You Want To Produce?

Yeah, I know that’s a wide open question, but the New Testament says a lot about production. Of course, in their agrarian culture they used the word fruitfulness. And often.

In our performance-oriented, comparison-driven culture, this can be dangerous; it can creep into our understanding of grace and how relationship with Jesus is initiated and maintained.

But the Creator Father in whose image we’re made, loves output that glorifies beauty, love, truth, and transformation. Like any artist.

Since we are God’s poiema—his workmanship—it implies we do likewise, that we produce something of beauty and truth. And nothing is more beautiful than the recapturing and reproducing God’s visage in others.

If the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, etc.—and we’re all responsible for allowing him to produce that in us—then what is the fruit of a believer? In Paul’s poiema passage in Ephesians 2:10, he describes our fruit si