The Tree Is Known By It’s Fruit

Over the years I’ve talked to lots of people. At times, I’ve asked someone if they were a Christian. And many times, the response I’ve gotten is, “Yeah, Preacher; I’m a member of such and such church.” Then, at times, the person will add, “I don’t go to church like I should though…” Or, someone may say, “yes, I’m a member of such and such church. I know I’m not perfect, but who is?” When I hear that, I admit, at times I will think, “I wonder if they are really saved?” Then, I remind myself, it’s not my role to judge. I have enough problems dealing with my own sin.
But in Matthew’s gospel, Jesus told us the fruit a person produces will tell us what the person’s heart is like. Jesus said, “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart” (Matthew 12:33-36).
Think about those verses… the fruit of our life, reflects the condition of our heart. So, let’s think about the fruit our life produces.
Do we worship? Now, someone may say, “I don’t believe you have to go to church to be a Christian.” And, they are technically right. But, we should WANT to be in church. Maybe you have been hurt by church and you have sworn you won’t go again. Friend, find another church. Just because one hurt you doesn’t mean others will. You might have a bad experience in one restaurant; do you decide you will never eat in another restaurant again?  No, you just try another restaurant.  I can tell you from experience that Christians need the fellowship and encouragement of other Christians.
Second, how do we live? Are we constantly lying? Do we habitually do things that are wrong but we dismiss it by saying, “Hey, everybody does it,” Everybody isn’t the standard. If we are doing things that are wrong, we need to check our hearts.
Third, do we give? Let’s not play games here. You want to know what’s really important to someone? Look at their bank statement. We spend money on things that are important to us.
Fourth, what is our spirit like? By that I mean, are we loving, caring, and kind? Or, are we mean-spirited? I’ve known people who were at church just about every time the door opens but they were mean-spirited. Jesus wants us to be like Him.
So, what type fruit are you producing? Jesus said, “A tree is identified by it’s fruit.” It’s simple; if we are a believer our lives will reflect that.
I’m not saying that we are perfect because we aren’t. But, if we are a believer, it should bother us when we sin.
Today, let’s ask the Lord to examine our hearts and make sure we are producing fruit consistent with the Christian life.

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