Spiritual lives produce spiritual fruit. But what exactly is this “fruit” Jesus is referencing? Certainly it’s not oranges and apples. Rather, it is spiritual fruit. We find that list of spiritual fruit in Paul’s letter to the Galatians. And the very first fruit on that list is LOVE. There is no more obvious clue to others that you are a Christ follower than when you genuinely love others. Love is the greatest of all virtues. It is love that motivates us to serve. IT is love that moves us to respond to someone’s needs with no expectation of reward. Love overcomes all barriers, speaks in every language, and shares the truth of the gospel of Jesus with more clarity than even the greatest of orators. So worship God by loving Him first, and then truly and humbly loving others.
I love fruit. And my favorite fruit is watermelon. But watermelon doesn’t grow on trees. So I’m pretty sure Jesus was not talking about watermelon when He said “Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” Nevertheless, he was talking about the difference between a believer who glorifies God and lives for Him in all things versus someone who does not worship God as a lifestyle and shows no evidence of Faith in their lives. It’s a simple formula. Those who know and love Christ will produce fruit in their lives that represent the character of Christ…love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. “Therefore,” Jesus said, “it is by their fruits we will know them.” As a worshiper, do others know you by these fruits? What kind of tree would others say you represent?
“Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” These are the words of Jesus as He makes clear the fact that every one has a choice of one of two ways. Either we follow Jesus, or we follow another path. All other paths other than Jesus, are part of the wide gate. The wide gate is easier because you can believe what ever you want. The wide gate is simpler because you can live however you want. The narrow gate is chosen by much few people, but it comes with much greater reward. So which will you choose? You can’t go the wide way and the narrow way. It’s one or the other. One way is hazardous. And one way is hopeful. Your way? Or God’s way?
I love Psalm 29. It is a psalm of David and it is all about the voice of the Lord. God’s presence is everywhere. His power is unmatched. His might is undeniable. And His voice is recognizable. Sometimes He speaks to us through the still, small voice of His Holy Spirit. But have you ever considered the fact that God’s voice is shouting throughout all creation? David says “The voice of the Lord is over the waters. The glory of God thunders. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars. The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness.” NO doubt the voice of the Lord is active and mighty. The question is…as His worshiping servant, how long has it been since you took the time to Listen?
I am inspired by famous lives who give us all an example of what it means to be totally singular focused. People like Mother Teresa, who lived only for one thing…the love and care for the poor. No one would dispute this. She had laser-like focus in her vision for helping the needy in India. So she spent her life doing it…and what a difference she made. She once said, “Ours is not a social work, we work 24 hours a day to express God’s love.” People with a singular focus in life have the ability to accomplish amazing things, while at the same time saying no to opportunities that don’t line up with their vision. I admire that greatly. So here’s a thought…what if our singular focus in life was to bring God glory in everything we do? How would that change your decisions? How would it change your lifestyle? Consider this today!