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Generous Fruit?

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Reading: Luke 3: 7-18

Verse 8: “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance”.

John the Baptist begins his teaching with a challenge, calling out the “vipers” and in the crowd. The general thought is that John is addressing the religious leaders who have come out to see him. They came not to repent and be baptized but to see just what John is up to and to ridicule him and his message. “Just who does he think he is?” would be their primary thought. John, who knows that he has been sent by God, is not intimidated or threatened. He directly addresses their arrogance and sense of privilege, warning that the ax is already at the root. Many have come to John, heard his message, and have repented and been baptized. The proof is in the pudding. John challenges the religious leaders to do the same, saying, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance”. In other words, it isn’t enough to just say you have faith; it must be visible in your life and in the lives of those you minister to.

Before we jump on the Pharisee and Sadducee condemnation bandwagon, we must first look within ourselves. Do our lives of faith bear kingdom fruit? Do our lives draw others into relationship with Jesus Christ? John gives some practical examples of what this looks like. For some, it is clothing the naked and feeding the hungry. For others it is not using your position of authority to take advantage of others, but to treat all fairly and equally and justly. For others it is being content with what you have, not getting into the race to have more and more. In doing so, it allows others to have some.

This season of the year is a time when many are generous. Is it just to keep our spouse and children and good friends happy and satisfied? Or is it to spread the love of Jesus Christ to just one more person and then to one more person after that? Do we seek ways to give gifts that do not come wrapped up in pretty paper? If we do, then we will bear fruit in keeping with repentance. May it be so for us all.

Prayer: Giving God, guide me to those in need of hope as well as the basics of life – food, shelter, clothing. Help me to be a blessing in all the ways I can to all the people I can, shining your light and love into their lives. Amen.

3 thoughts on “Generous Fruit?

  1. GOD HAS GIVEN US MANY GIFTS, THE SPIRIT OF LOVE IN OUR HEARTS , IS A SPIRIT OF ACTION,
    IT WHAT MOVES US TO DO FOR OTHERS, ,. TO BE MOVED BY CHRIST. I REMEMBER A CHURCH I WENT TO IN OAKHOMA, THERE WAS 2 OLD WOMEN I LOVED , ONE WAS BLIND AND RICH AND ALL ABOUT HERSELF, THE OTHER CLEAN THE CHURCH EVERY WEEK FOR CHRIST, SHE WAS HARD WORKING, THE RICH OLD WOMEN WAS MEAN TO THE WOMEN WHO CLEAN THE CHURCH.
    I WAS SHOPPING IN TOWN ONE DAY AND SEEN THE MOST BEAUTIFULL RED ROSE,
    AND RIGHT THERE GOD FILLED MY HEART FOR HIS LOVE FOR THIS OL D WOMEN AND USED ME TO BUY THE ROSES AND TAKE THEM TO HER HOME ,

    WHEN I KNOCK ON HER DOOR AND HANDED HER THE ROSES, I TOLD HER THEY NOT FROM ME,
    GOD SPOKEN TO MY HEART AND SAID HE LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU FOR CLEANING HIS HOUSE,
    THE OLD WOMEN WAS FLOORED…. THE CHURCH WAS THE LITTLE HOUSE OF PARYER IN BLAIR ,
    OAKHOMA
    WHEN THE RICH OLD WOMEN ASK ME , ABOUT WHY I GAVE ROSES TO THE CHURCH CLEANER , I TOLD HER IT WAS GOD, NOT ME, GOD USED ME TO GIVEN FLOWERS TO A SPECIAL OL D WOMAN HE LOVE AND WANTED TO HAVE OTHERS KNOW..
    AFTER THAT THE RICH OLD WOMEN WAS NICER, GOD WILL USE ANY OF US, WE JUST NEED A HEART THAT WILLING..
    MERRY CHRISTMAS
    GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME… BUT ARE WE???.

  2. WE SHOULD HELP OTHERS, WHAT IS RIGHT,
    AND BUILD THEM UP IN THE LORD..

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