Saturday, February 12, 2011

Are you known by your fruit?

A little boy went over to a pastor's house, where the pastor was doing some carpentry in his garage. The boy simply stood there and watched him for quite a long time. After a while, the preacher wondered why this boy was watching him and was finally so curious that he stopped and said, "Son, are you trying to pick up some pointers on how to build something?"



The little boy replied, "No. I am just waiting to hear what a preacher says when he hits his thumb with a hammer."


Often, we will find out what we are made of by what comes out of our mouths in both good and bad circumstances. When we have a change in conduct and character in our lives, it is a type of spiritual fruit.


Galatians 5:22 says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control . . . " (NKJV). A Christian's life should be characterized by these things.


Are you producing fruit? Or is the opposite true?


Instead of love, is there hatred, bitterness, or even prejudice in your life? Instead of joy, is there constant gloom? Instead of peace, is there turmoil? Instead of gentleness, is there a short temper? Instead of faith, is there endless worry? Instead of meekness, is there pride and arrogance? Instead of self-control, are you a victim of your own passions?


If so, then either you don't know God at all or a recommitment to Christ would be in order.


If you are a Christian, then people should be able to look for-and find-fruit in your life. Why? Because a disciple of Jesus Christ will produce spiritual fruit.


Jesus said, " 'My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father' " (John 15:8 NLT). Jesus also said, " 'By their fruits you will know them' " (Matthew 7:20 NKJV).


The metaphor of bearing fruit is used quite often in the Bible. In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus spoke of seed that falls on different types of ground, representing different reactions to the truth of the gospel message. The final category He mentioned in Mark 4:20 was good ground: "But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred" (NKJV).


In other words, those who have spiritual longevity are those who embrace this truth and produce fruit. The Bible tells us that we should bear fruit worthy of repentance (see Matthew 3:8).

What we say is also a type of fruit in our lives. Jesus said, " 'A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. Whatever is in your heart determines what you say' " (Luke 6:45 NLT).


When you are a true Christian, it will be reflected by what you say. This is bearing fruit as well.


Source :Known by our Fruit;  Crosswalk.com Greg Laurie


6 comments:

  1. Hi Jo, I taught a class once on the Fruits of the Spirit. It is such a good passage to study...

    Cute little story...I seldom use a 'bad' word --but on occasion when I hurt myself, the words "Gosh Darn" just don't help... ha ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Very interesting thought for the week-end!

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  3. Excellent post, Jo, and so true! We who are believers need to be reminded of this regularly. By our fruit we willbe known!

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  4. The pastor probably said µ%"#$ ! Lol ! I believe that when all people are good to their next the religion is not important.

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  5. Very thought provoking, Jo. I hope I produce at least a little fruit in my life. I'm working on it.

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  6. Ek sien die vrugte by jou, vriendin. Dankie vir die mooi 'post'. :)

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