There are things that are amazing but absolutely true. Here’s a few.
1. In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees. (Yes way!)
2. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs. (For me at least, a product of suberia, that’s seems pretty amazing)
3. Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie. (that might actually matter more if anybody actually still used stamps)
4. Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning. (Yes way!)
5. It's against the law to slam your car door in Switzerland. (Those Swiss are crazy)
Amazing but true!
The Bible is full of amazing but true stuff. There’s a story about the disciples in a boat in a storm. Jesus comes walking on the water. "How could Jesus do that?", they wondered then. We wonder the same thing today. “How could someone walk on the water? How can I believe that?” But maybe, what we can believe, is the message is that nothing is impossible for God. And that God is capable of coming into whatever storm you’re going through and calming it. Amazing but true.
There’s a story of Jesus when he was a boy. His family went to a festival called Passover, and Jesus got lost. At least his parents thought he was lost. Finally, they found him at the temple, and he was amazing all the temple priests by his knowledge. And they said “how could this boy know so much?”
Jesus’ parents were annoyed with him, and they said “Why didn’t you tell us where you were going? We were worried sick!” And Jesus said “You should have known I’d be in my Father’s house.” Amazing but true.
Paul was a follower of Jesus who wrote a lot of the New Testament. Paul says “when the Spirit of God lives in you, you will produce fruit. When we get to know God, and when God lives in us, we will grow fruit”. Amazing but true.
What does that mean? I say 'yes' to God and then I’m gonna have a fruit farm? Maybe I’ll move down to Florida and grow some oranges. Or to Niagara, to grow grapes. As appealing as that might be to some, that’s not what Paul means.
Paul writes, the fruit of the Spirit is kindness.
One cold winter, I ran out of gas. In the middle of nowhere Ontario. A million degrees below zero. Pre cell-phone days. There was a farm house nearby. I trudged through the snow, and knocked on the door. A young women opened it. “I’m so sorry but I ran out of gas. Can I use your phone?”
A couple of kids appeared and hid behind her legs. “Of course”, she said “Come in.”
I used the phone. She made a coffee and said "sit by the fire”.
The kids got me a cookie. I waited with them for almost half an hour until the tow truck came.
That young woman, alone with her kids, took a risk to be kind. I could’ve been anybody. Well, I was anybody. Was it the wisest thing for her to do? I don’t judge that either way. I just know that I’ll always remember her kindness.
I don’t know if she was a Christian or not, but I do know she practiced kindness.
Amazing things happen when people are kind to each other. We all know that’s true.
Paul said that when the Spirit of God is with you, you grow fruits in your life. Beyond kindness, there is patience, and gentleness, and self-control. There is joy and peace. The greatest and most important one is love. God’s love will change you and the people around you.
Read Galatians 5:13-26. If you don't have a bible, here's a link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Galatians+5%3A13-26&version=NIV
It’s pretty amazing stuff that we believe to be true. For you. For me. For anyone who decides that growing these fruits in your life is a good enough reason to invite the Spirit of God to walk with you.