While talking to a friend a couple of weeks ago, she said her husband is an atheist and she’s been trying to get him to go to church with her. They’re good friends with a Christian couple and they hang out with them a lot. Well, one night the atheist husband turned to my friend and asked if they could begin going to church together. Not because he was all of a sudden a “changed man,” but because he, “saw what they have as a couple and I want that too.”
This is the best example of a couple of Christian lives bearing good fruit.
Matthew 7:15-20 (ESV) reads, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
Take an honest look at your life. If you realize you haven’t been producing good fruit, don’t beat yourself up, make a change. Ask God to help you produce good fruit every single day. If you realize that you are already producing good fruit, ask God to give you the strength to continue producing that good fruit.
My prayer is that we continue to check the fruit in our lives. When people see our behavior, hear our conversation, see how we treat others, I pray that they see Jesus. That they see something bigger than us that keeps us going. That they see good fruit.
This man may not come to know Christ immediately, but a seed has been planted by that couple in his life and that’s all God asks of us. When we don’t know what words to say or how to introduce someone to Christ, let your good fruit speak for itself. As verse 20 says “you will recognize them by their fruits”. Be recognized by your good fruits friends!
Love Jesus, Love People, Love Life!