Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Fruit Doesn't Lie

It is difficult to hide smelly fruit, it will tell on you every time.

Luke 3:7-14  He then said to the crowds who came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

8 Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don’t start saying to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones! 9 Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore, every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 “What then should we do?” the crowds were asking him. 11 He replied to them, “The one who has two shirts must share with someone who has none, and the one who has food must do the same.”

12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He told them, “Don’t collect any more than what you have been authorized.”

14 Some soldiers also questioned him: “What should we do?”He said to them, “Don’t take money from anyone by force or false accusation; be satisfied with your wages.”

The word is out about a man that is preaching out in the wilderness, he has drawn quite a crowd, John the Baptist was holding a revival out in the desert, crowds people were confessing their sin and getting baptized.

John had a very practical message for the new converts, he told them that they would need to live a different lifestyle, there would need to be a change of behavior that would prove that their conversion experience was authentic. John gave them some practical "how-to" tips:
  • be generous (Luke 3:10-11)
  • be fair (Luke 3:12-13)
  • don't steal (Luke 3:14)
Take note that the correct process is new convert first and then new lifestyle second.

You should understand that all of us are producing fruit, it is just a matter of whether the fruit is good or not, Jesus  says we can't produce both. (Luke 6:41-45) we can try and cover up the truth about ourselves but when the produce is rotten than the whole world will figure it out.

I need to protect my heart so that the things that I say and do will be a testimony to the change that Jesus has made in my life. I need to live out Matthew 5:16 so that the world will see good fruit and be drawn closer to Jesus.

Thank you Lord for giving me a new life, I want to produce good fruit as a testimony of your goodness.