But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22 ESV
An app, which is short for application, is a type of software that can be installed and run on a computer, tablet, smartphone, or other electronic devices. An app most frequently refers to a mobile application or a piece of software that is installed and used on a computer. Most apps have a specific and narrow function.
Many churches in the US have their own app. Members of those churches can get updates about church activities on their cell phones. They can give their tithes and offering, stream church services, and stay informed about church activities through their app. There is even a prayer app that allows people to post their prayer needs or pray with other believers.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has installed a spiritual software to run our minds, bodies, spirits, and souls. This application is called the Jesus app. It is specifically installed in us so we can bear spiritual fruits. However, that app must be activated and used accordingly so it can fulfill its specific and narrow function in our lives.
The specific and narrow function of the Jesus app is to equip us for the work of ministry. It is not to make us rich or famous, powerful, or prominent. In the drop-down menu of that app are nine prominent headings: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The Jesus app allows us to stay connected with our Heavenly Father. It reminds us of our specific function (make disciples), and helps us to live a Christ-centered life. In times of affliction, we can click on the Jesus app to find comfort. When we struggle with our self-worth, battered by the criticisms of others, overwhelmed by our existential and spiritual crises, and attacked by our spiritual enemy, we can go to that app to be reminded of the promises of God.
I have been using that Jesus app quite regularly throughout this pandemic. Jesus and I have been direct messaging with each other (DM) through prayer very frequently. That app has helped me to keep pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). The Jesus app contains an entire page for strengthening marriages. There is information about how to train up children as parents in that app.
The Jesus app has the largest library of information related to financial prosperity. It is replete with information about healing for any disease. Lonely people can go to that app to find a friend who sticks closer than a brother. The unemployed can find assistance from that app.
The Jesus app offers the largest social network system. Through that app we are connected to billions of brothers and sisters as well as countless angels in the heavenly realm. Singles can mingle through that app as well as married couples. Widows and widowers, millennials, boomers, and generation Zers can connect through that app as members of the body of Christ.
So if you need love and joy, go to the Jesus app. The weary and worn can find from that app. The more we use that app, the kinder and patient we become. Goodness and righteousness can be discovered from that app. When struggle to express our emotions or frustrations, we can go to the app for a godly perspective.
The Jesus app is free to all who are willing to confess with their mouths and believe in their hearts that Jesus is Lord. It never malfunctions and cannot be uninstalled. The more we use that app, the stronger we become as followers of Christ. Every time we use the Jesus app, we increase our spiritual worth, add to our eternal reward, and become more transformed into the image of Christ.
Question for Personal Reflection
What would it take for you to install the Jesus App in your life?
How are you using your Jesus app to help others who do not know the Lord?
Prayer- Almighty God, thank you for putting the Jesus app in my soul. May your Holy Spirit continue to prompt me to use the Jesus app so I can grow stronger in your will.