My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
What Kind of Fruit?
“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
(Matthew 7:15 NASB)
“You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
(Matthew 7:16 NASB)
“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
(Matthew 7:17 NASB)
“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
(Matthew 7:18 NASB)
“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
(Matthew 7:19 NASB)
“So then, you will know them by their fruits.
(Matthew 7:20 NASB)
In Jesus' day there were those who claimed to be prophets and who
enjoyed a life of religious preaching. Sadly, their motivations were
completely wrong and selfish. Jesus said to look at the fruit that they
bore and this would reveal what kind of prophet that they were. Only
good trees can bear good fruit. If there is no good fruit then they
will be cut down and thrown into the fire. In other words, it will
become obvious that the false prophets were just that -- false --
because there will be no real fruit of their labors.
Recently I was flipping through our television channels on a Sunday
night and came across the church service of a televangelist that used
to be hugely popular. However, this modern-day prophet has become well
known for his moral failings, as well as questionable financial
dealings. What was odd during this service seemed to be the camera
angles. There were no big shots of the whole sanctuary, but instead,
strange views taken from between two or three people, or from behind and
instrument. We began to realize that there were very few people in
that service, but the cameramen were doing their best to make it look
like the place was full. The reality is that there is little or no
fruit of this man's labor. Yes, it looked like he was incredibly
successful for a period of time but when the reality began to set in
with his followers, they were disappointed and they began to leave in
This scripture challenges me on a very personal level. Throughout my
life I have had the joy and opportunity to be involved with many people
who needed to know Jesus Christ. I have had the privilege of watching
God perform miracles in peoples' lives and of seeing them grow up into
mature followers of Jesus Christ. However, now, I find myself in a very
different position and I am seriously praying about this point of
bearing fruit. My job doesn't take me to the places and/or people that
it has in the past and so I want to be a fruit-bearing Christian and I'm
wrestling with what that looks like in my life today. I know that it
begins with faithfulness and obedience to the Father in all things and
that's where I have to begin each and every single day. I want to
decrease so that He can increase -- so that people will see Christ in me
-- and that people will be drawn to Him -- not to me. I want
desperately to bear fruit for him. For that to happen I must, on a
daily basis, humble myself before him to be used of him in any way,
shape or manner that he desires. I am his instrument. I am his tree. I
am available to be used by God. I want to bear his fruit -- not mine!
Lord, may today and every day be a portion of the journey with you
and may you lead me to fruit bearing that you desire today. Amen.