While dragon fruit may need to repent, this is not the fruit I’m talking about.
In the Bible, fruit refers to more than a sweet edible what grows on trees. Fruit also refers to the way we live our lives. Do we live our lives for Christ, or do we live our lives for Satan, the dragon, or ourselves?
To repent also is far more than just being sorry. To repent means to change our mind on what we’re doing. It’s what the Apostle Paul calls renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). It’s changing the way we think about sin.
John the Baptist said, “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.” (Luke 3:8)
The fruit of repentance is then the starting point of a Christian’s journey. It is admitting we’re not walking with God and our need for the sacrifice Jesus made for our sins. If such repentance has occurred then what John the Baptist said would become evident, that is, we’d be seeing its fruit in our lives.
In Matthew 7:20 Jesus said, “By their fruits you will know them.”
Going back to John the Baptist’s message, he went on to tell us not to rely on anything else for our salvation.
“Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’” (Luke 3:8)
While our family tree may have those who are Christians, it doesn’t mean that we are. And just because we may be better than the next person doesn’t make us righteous. The only thing that makes us righteous is our belief in Jesus Christ. It is our confession and repentance of sin, and our acceptance of Jesus that accomplishes that.
Can I just say that the Bible knows nothing of a faith that does not lead to a changed life.
Jesus said, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word.” (John 14:23)
The Apostle James said, “Faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:26)
And there is an outright urgency in John the Baptist voice when he said, “Even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore, every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Luke 3:9)
So, let’s not wait any longer to make this change. Let’s take John the Baptist’s advice and “Prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight.” (Luke 3:4)
Dennis Lee is the senior pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West 1st South, behind ACE Hardware.
This Sunday at 10 a.m., Pastor Dennis will be looking at Enoch, and his walk of faith.
Sunday morning service begins at 10 a.m. either in-person or on-line (Children and Youth ministry available). All services and teachings, including Sunday 6 p.m. service, are available on our YouTube Channel, “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”
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