Jesus Teaches Us How To ______ | Part 2: Fruit Inspector
August 14, 2020
August 14, 2020
Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, and do many miracles in your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you lawbreakers!’ “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:19-24)
A good tree produces good fruit. Sometimes when the Bible says “tree,” it refers to persons.
How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams that bears its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)
Jesus tells us that we can recognize people by their fruit. We’re not to judge them; that is the Lord’s responsibility, but we are to look for evidences of good fruit.
Some of you, right now, are reacting negatively to my statement, “We are to look for evidences of good fruit” because you feel like being a fruit inspector is innately judgmental; maybe you even feel like it is a sin. Yes, it’s wrong to judge people by their fruit or lack of fruit, but it’s downright foolish to ignore the fruit people are producing or not producing in their lives. So, don’t judge, but be careful to inspect, because a good tree produces good fruit.
So is good fruit enough to get you into heaven? Find out in the next blog post.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.