Bearing fruit is the result of sencere repentance
Some of the people who flocked to see John the Baptist and hear him preach were not sincere. Maybe curious. Or maybe they just wanted a glimpse of the “wild man” that lived in a wilderness and had a diet of locust and honey. Perhaps it was the message John preached that they were curious about. Regardless of their reasons for being there, their reasons did not include true repentance. The people did not “bear fruit” that they had experience salvation and repentance in their hearts. The Holy Spirit revealed to John that some of the people were going through the right motions, but their heart was not following the motions. John called these people poisonous snakes and warned them to change their attitudes.
Bearing fruit that leads to repentance
In Luke 3:10-14, the people responded to John saying, “What, then, are we supposed to do?” John told them to have compassion on others, to be honest and fair, to not abuse power, and to be content. He told them that if they were sincere in their repentance, then they would bear fruit that identified them as belonging to God. In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul tells us what these fruits are: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.” The simple truth is that when we truly give our hearts to Christ and make Him Lord, the evidence is seen in the changes in our lives that come about as a result of Him living within us.
Godly fruit is the outward expression of an inward change that only occurs after we surrender our hearts to Christ. If Christ had taken up residence in the people following John, they would have had compassion on those who are in need, the tax collectors would have been fair and honest in the taxes they collected, and the soldiers would not abuse the power given them in their position and they would have been content with their wages.
You can go through the motions, but not experience salvation
Today, people still go through the motions without actually having a heart change. They go to church, tithe, live moral lives, and maybe even teach a Sunday school class. And yet they are as lost as the person who doesn’t believe in Christ. Without true repentance there is no salvation and they are heading for an eternity in Hell. This is what John means in verse 9 when he says that every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
It isn’t up to use to judge others as to their fruit or lack thereof. The question we need to ask is, “Is there fruit in my life that gives evidence of Christ living within me?”
God, show me the fruit of Christ living in me. Show me the fruit that needs cultivating and help me to grow and produce abundant and rich fruit as evidence of You working in my life. May the fruit that I bear lead others to you.
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