Have you ever tried to prepare a meal for a picky child? They want pizza and ice cream. They’d rather skip the veggies because it doesn’t taste as good as the pizza and ice cream. Do we as adults allow our children to consistently consume only what our children desire? No. Why is that? Because we know that type of diet is not healthy and will not allow them to grow and develop the way they should.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. ~ I Corinthians 13:11
Too often, we want our cake and we want to eat it too. We adopt a belief system that offers the inconsistency that we can live our lives, as Christians, without adhering to the doctrines of the Word of God. Today’s ideology seems to be that we can pick and choose our beliefs, much like a salad bar. We don’t like this commandment or that commandment, but we love the forgiveness part. We love the “love” part and the peace part, but what about the putting God first in your life part? Or the loving your neighbor as yourself? Or the maintaining a pure lifestyle before marriage part? Or the keeping a pure heart part?
There is so much more to being a Christian than saying a prayer and believing that Jesus died for your sins! That is simply a starting point and a vital starting point at that. But, as in any aspect of our lives, we should continue moving forward in our faith. With faith comes a commitment. That commitment to Christ requires obedience and trust.
How will others know that you belong to Christ? By your fruit! What does your fruit look like today? Does it point others to the foot of the Cross so that they, too, may receive such grace and forgiveness? Or is it stagnant fruit that isn’t any different from how you used to live?
We are called to be the “salt and light” in this world.
Matthew 5:13 says, “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”
So, our testimony as believers of Jesus Christ is worthless and good for nothing if our lives do not point others to the Cross. We want our trees to have good fruit that display not only the love of God, but the holiness that such love demands. God loves us too much to leave us in our sin.
I encourage you to really study the Word of God and ask God what is He requiring of you today? Tune in with sensitive spiritual ears to really hear what He is speaking to you. Our prayer should be this:
“God, I surrender all. I give you everything, every part of my life. If there is anything that is not pleasing to you, please show me.”
If we are daily picking up our crosses and following Jesus, reading His Word, praying and listening to His voice, we will be well on our way to producing good fruit that points others to the extravagant grace that we have found.
May that be said of us.
“Blessed is the man that walkers not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitters in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, the bringers forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither and whatsoever he does shall prosper.”