Fruit – Practically Speaking

It can happen to any of us I suppose. When we begin to study God’s word and grow in our understanding, we are always looking for that next nugget of truth that will light up our souls or impress the folks at Bible study. We will pass by something familiar in search of the “undiscovered insight,” and those insights do come from time to time. In the end, no one will ask us to declare our great insights. We wont need to explain the doctrine of baptism, the significance of the sacraments or to defend the resurrection. There will be no test on theology. No, all of these things will fall by the way side and we will face . . . a fruit exam.  

You see actions speak louder than words in every area of life. In sports, it’s not potential that matters, its performance. In raising children, it’s not the time you intended to spend with them, it’s the time spent. In marriage, it’s not the words you thought of saying, it’s the words that were heard. In Christianity its not the truths held, it’s the life lived. Consider this. “John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.’” (John 3:7-8) 

Well the people who heard his warning cried out and said, “What should we do?” Look at his message. “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” And to the tax collector he said, “Don’t collect any more than you are required to.” And to the soldiers he said, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely–be content with your pay.”  All this is simple practical truth. It applies to everyone and everyone understands it. The fruit exam is one that looks at the simple actions of our lives and asks, “Do these actions match the truths believed and the words spoken?” In practical terms… what is your fruit saying these days? telemicus out

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