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  • Writer's pictureBro. Rocky

Are You Bearing Fruit?

We know the importance of belief when it comes to following Jesus. Jesus said to some unbelieving Pharisees, “…unless you believe that I am (i.e., the Christ) you will perish in your sins,” (John 8:24). But maybe we’ve come to the place from time to time where we’ve had to pray, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief,” (Mark 9:24). Or we’ve had to pray like the apostles, “Lord, increase our faith,” (Luke 17:6). Maybe we’ve even wondered if we believe at all or had any faith at all. How we can know if we’ve truly trusted Jesus or not? The answer is fruit.

How we can know if we’ve truly trusted Jesus or not? The answer is fruit.

If you want to see the fruit of faith in Jesus in the context of Luke 6, just go back to the beginning of Jesus’ sermon (v. 20) and read up to this point, and you’ll see the fruit that he's talking about. But other passages in the NT speak about the good spiritual fruit that we must bear as followers of Jesus.

  • Romans 6:22 says that the fruit we bear leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

  • Romans 7:4 says we belong to Jesus, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.

  • Galatians 5:22-23 says the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

  • Ephesians 5:9 tells us to walk as children of life for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true.

  • Philippians 1:11 says that we are to be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

  • Colossians 1:10 commands us to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

  • Hebrews 12:11 says that God lovingly disciplines us so that later our lives will yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

  • And then Hebrews 13:15, which I think helps us understand Luke 6:45, says...

Remember the words of Jesus, “…for out of the abundance (i.e., the overflow) of the heart the mouth speaks,” (Luke 6:45b).

What fills your heart to overflowing? You may say, “How can I know what fills my heart to overflowing?” The answer is in what comes out of your mouth.

Every now and again my daughter, Lydia, will bring me a cup of water. She does this because she’s on Team Cheryl, my wife, and they’ve conspired together to get me to drink more water. (I, however, remain firmly committed to Team Dr. Pepper!)

Lydia will bring me a big cup filled almost to capacity. As she journeys from refrigerator to recliner, some of the water spills out. She can’t help it. The cup is big and full and the water just sloshes out. Our hearts work the same way.

Whatever they are full of will spill out. We can’t help it.

Whatever they are full of will spill out. We can’t help it.

If our hearts are full of children or grandchildren, then everyone we meet will get to hear about our babies.

If they are full of football, then everyone we meet will get to hear about football.

If our hearts are full of politics, then everyone we talk with will get to hear about those callous conservatives or delusional democrats.

If our hearts are full of entertainment, then everyone we talk with will get the latest on the popular TV show, movie, musical artist, or celebrity in general.

But if our hearts are filled to overflowing with love for Jesus, then everyone we come into contact with will get Jesus spilled on them! We won’t be able to help it! He has made our hearts big and full, and his praise is just going to come sloshing out of our mouth!

Think for a moment, what do you talk about most?

Whatever that is, that is what your heart is full of.

Out of the abundance of your heart your mouth speaks.

Through Jesus, then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of lips that acknowledge his Name!

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