Posted by: bshelley | November 4, 2008

What fruit is borne?

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Today’s Verse: Matthew 7:17 “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” NASB

Here at the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He begins to conclude matters. The thrust of the Sermon, Matthew 5-7, is what His disciples should be. He starts in verse 7:13 describing the wide and narrow gates and proceeds into some of, what should be to all, the scariest verses in the Bible in verses 21-23. They are certainly worthy of additional study. However, the thought for today is a bit different and is two-fold. First, if we ask God to examine our hearts and lives, what type and quantity of fruit are we bearing? Are we spending our brief moments in this life primarily on self satisfaction or on serving others and sharing God’s Good News? All good intentions aside, what is actually being born by our walk? Intention is laudable, but results are crucial when we are talking about fruit bearing. Secondly, the question “What kind of fruit is being born?” can be applied in other areas of our lives as well. We would be well served to ask of any potential activity, “What kind of fruit is this likely to bear?” To be very specific, when one considers such activities as drinking alcohol or gambling, the fruit question is very appropriate. I know many Christians who don’t have any problem with having a drink now and again or with occasional gambling. The scriptures do not condemn having a drink directly. It has a lot to say about drinking in excess. I think it does speak against gambling as covetousness. Regardless of your personal opinion on the matter, it would be a better test to ask “What fruits are the alcohol and gambling industries bearing…good or bad?” I see too many lives destroyed by both to be able to honestly say that they bear anything but bad fruit. As Christians, is that the type of activity we want friends and neighbors to see us participating in? Does their seeing us drinking and gambling just like the world bear good or bad fruit in our ability to witness to them that life in Christ is somehow different?  In both cases, our money spent on such fruitless activities would be better put in the offering plate on Sunday put to use in God’s economy to bear good fruit rather than to support industries whose fruit is ruined lives and destroyed homes.

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