Do you not know, brothers and sisters — for I am speaking to those who know the law — that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. Romans 7:1-6
Paul continues to argue that now that we are “raised from the dead,” we will be bearing different fruit – fruit for God.
Are we seeing any of that fruit? If I were to ask you to see some of that fruit, what would it look like?
It would be very easy to point to a changed life 20 or 30 years ago when we first believed. The fruit was obvious and abundant. In Luke 9:23-24, though, we find these words, “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.’”
So, bearing fruit for God is a daily pursuit, as well it should be. The testimonies you hear on a Sunday or Wednesday evening “testimony time” should be how He is making us more and more like Christ daily. While the story of a new life in Christ is vibrant and worthy of great celebration, so should the testimony of a 70-year-old Believer who has just overcome a bad habit he’s been faced with for twenty years.
That’s the power of God in a changed life.