Many of the stories of the Old Testament are centred on God’s covenant with the people of God and the repeated failure of God’s people to keep their side of the bargain. Under the new covenant, there is no more failure because Jesus’ covenant of love cannot be broken. It has been signed, sealed and delivered for all eternity.
If the new covenant cannot be broken, why don’t we see more evidence of people living life in the Spirit? Why do we see more fruit of the flesh than fruit of the spirit in the world around us? Are we looking for the fruit of the spirit in the wrong places?
Perhaps the answer to this question is to be found in the five little words, “to set the mind on,” in today’s devotional reading. “To set the mind on the Spirit,” we need to travel inwardly rather than outwardly, into a closer relationship with the God who lives within us, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Like faith and the kingdom of heaven, the fruit of the Spirit is within us, waiting for us to recognize and share it with those around us.
Lord Jesus, help us to remember that you have made our hearts and minds your dwelling place. Amen. — CKA