“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of the heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
A tree is identified by its fruit. As believers, we are like trees. We should all be giving off some sort of fruit. A lot of times, the word fruit can be used in the context of what you are doing in ministry, or how involved you are in the church you are involved in, etc. I’m not talking about being active in ministry. I believe the fruits every believer should be known by are the fruits of the spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22—
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.
You see, I am far less concerned with you leading a small group, or that you sing on the worship team, than I am with you walking out the fruits of the Spirit in your day to day living. If you say you are a believer and are active in your church community yet are in conflict everywhere you go— that my friend, is a problem. When you are walking in these fruits of the Spirit, that is the evidence of a believer.
Luke says in Chapter 6 that there is a stark contrast between good and evil. You are either one or the other. One type of tree can’t produce another type of fruit. Let’s look again at the fruit, but this time we will look at fruits of the flesh in Gal 5:19. It says that the desires of the sinful nature are:
“sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties and sins like these”.
So, you see there is a stark contrast— both in Luke and in Galatians. Maybe you see yourself in the fruits of the Spirit or in the fruits of the flesh. I ask you today, which type of fruit are you? What are you bearing?
We all have areas we need to work on. The goal is that we become more and more like Him with each day that goes by. As we become more like Him, people around us will be attracted to the Jesus in us. We can’t be a witness for Him if we are in conflict, or if we are living exactly as the World lives. I believe that when we accept Christ, there should be the beginnings of change in the way we think, act, and live. Every day we should change a little more to be like him. The ways of the world become less and less, and His ways become our ways more and more.
This comes through spending time with Him, renewing our mind to who we are in Him, and understanding that we are called to live different and holy— set apart for Him. So let’s ask Him to help us be more like Him and to have evidence of His fruit in our lives!
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