Discipleship Ecosystem: Developing the Fruit of the Spirit by the Presence of God
I realized early on that the Spiritual Disciplines were the key. These classic verbs that describe the variety of interactions we can have with God were descriptions of accessing the complexity and community of God. I also realized that Spiritual Gifts as well as Fruit of the Spirit were inextricably connected to experiencing God in a growth relationship. But if this is God’s method to mature us then why was I not seeing very many fruitful Christians? Were most of us so detached from God that we were not experiencing the nourishment necessary for fruit to grow? Why were so many gifted people using their gifts without love, or patience or even kindness? Why were there so many poisoned apples within the orchard of God’s people? These questions led me to God’s discipleship ecosystem.