Bear Good Fruit!

We are individually responsible to God for the actions we take, the attitudes we maintain, and the words we speak. Our heart reveals itself to others and to God in each of these ways. Who we are evidences itself in what we do. Jesus compared it to a tree and its fruit in Luke 6:43:

“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit.”

I have read these words of Jesus hundreds of times. Recently I noticed the beginning of verse 44 in a way I had never seen it before. That is why we need to consistently read the Bible as we grow, and as life changes.

“for each tree is known by its own fruit.”

Did you see what I saw? “Its own fruit.” Not the fruit of others who may be in the same family or the same profession or the same race. When it comes to our relationship with God, we cannot be lumped together with others in order to be applauded or condemned. This world tends to paint with a very broad brush. God deals with individuals. I am glad that He does.

During the years I have been in ministry, many pastors and priests have been in the national spotlight for stealing money, abusing children, and committing adultery. I have done none of those things. However, some people who do not know me might think poorly of me, until they get to know me, because of my profession instead of my character

“for each tree is known by its own fruit.”

In recent days, the same thing has happened nationally to our police officers. They have been condemned by masses of people because of the actions taken by those who share their profession but not their integrity. Such condemnation contradicts the M.O. of God

“for each tree is known by its own fruit.”

Integrity invites investigation as it evidences itself in all professions. Integrity does not deserve guilt by association. Any of you teachers want to be lumped in with other teachers whose mug shots have appeared on the nightly news? Of course not. We all long to be valued for the content of our character, not the color of our skin, or the criminals in our profession.

Bear good fruit! Earl


FBC Happenings

  • Sundays Sermon “Idols In Our Lives” Exodus 32:1-6
  • Family Worship and LifeGroups, Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. No Nursery or Childcare at this time.
  • Feel free to continue and watch the FBC Worship Services anytime after 11:00 a.m. Sunday on the website at: http://www.fbcweatherford.com, on the First Baptist Church Facebook Page, on FBC Weatherford Media on YouTube, or listen at noon on 95.5 FM The Coyote

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