You will know them [false prophets] by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. ~ Matthew 7:16-20
We have spent the better part of 2 weeks talking about the fruit that is expressed in the lives of those who teach us and lead us, and moreover the fruit of our own lives.
Here are a few of the markers of false prophets we’ve noticed.
Turning grace to license
Grumbling and complaining
Perhaps you find yourself looking at the ground around your feet and find some of this fruit. When the wind shakes your branches, what falls to the ground. Do you hear yourself complaining? When you’re over tired, do you turn to feed your own lusts?
Are you saying, “What do I do about my own fruit problem?”
Jesus has a plan! [As if there was ever a doubt]
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch, and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. ~ John 15:4-6
Here is the deal. If you are bearing bad fruit, or as Jesus says here in the ‘last discourse’ no fruit, there is a solution. Get PLUGGED IN.
The source of your fruit must be your connection to Jesus. [Tweet This]
I love this word ‘abide.’
You see, if your Christianity is defined by a point in time (i.e. I made Jesus my Savior on June 12th, 1943 at 4:00 PM when I signed a card at the front of a church – as if you can ‘make Jesus’ anything [oh boy, my rant meter is ticking – but I am going to behave for now]) there is a good chance you are not bearing any fruit, or that the fruit of your life looks more like Jude’s list.
The only way to live a Christian life marked by good fruit (fruit that looks and tastes like the fruit Jesus was passing out) is to abide in Him.
Thanks as always for stopping by.