Fruit brings beauty, joy and good health to all. Yet, it’s also used in Scripture as an example of righteousness and authenticity.
“For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush” (Luke 6:43-44, NKJV).
From the text we see the responsibility to live properly through the transformation of the gospel (Romans 12:1-2).
First, God strives for authenticity which is why hypocrisy is so evil (Matthew 6:5; Romans 12:9). As servants, our sole purpose is to glorify him in everything (Ephesians 3:20-21; Matthew 5:15-16).
Plants, humans and animals produce after their kind. Apple trees don’t produce pears, lizards don’t come from fish and monkeys don’t give birth to humans.
Likewise, God’s people don’t follow the dictates of Satan. We’re to be holy by God’s standards (1 Peter 1:16).
Second, the fruit doesn’t decide whether it’s ready for the dinner table or market. It’s the grower who makes the decision as to the quality of the fruit since he must determine if it’s safe to consume or ready for market.
We don’t get to decide if we’re righteous since only God can make that decision. All we can do is to walk according to his will (Ephesians 4:1). What we say about ourselves has zero bearing on God. Our standards and definitions aren’t the judge (John 12:48).
“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
God is the only licensed fruit inspector, not the preacher, the pope, the church member, the neighbor or the gossip. We all must live up to our calling (John 8:37-47; Matthew 12:30; Galatians 6:7). We’ll produce good fruit for God or we won’t.
God is waiting and his judgments will be fair and complete. He judges the fruit, not intentions, personalities or social status.
We can judge behavior based on God’s Word but we must be humble in doing so. Only God can make the final determination of our soul.
Let’s all labor in the fields of the Lord to do his will with all obedience (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3). In him, we labor not for merit but for the glory of our master in heaven (Matthew 9:37-38; Ephesians 1:3) because he will always take care of his laborers (Matthew 6:25-34).
Trust him today.