Producing Good Fruit
November 19, 2009
John the Baptist warned the Pharisees that there was a standard coming from Jesus that they would not be able to live up to.
Before Jesus came, the Pharisees enjoyed a lush life, living as respected community leaders, teaching in the temple, and having a lot of influence on the political system. This came from their standing within Jewish society and the respect that that earned them. John’s warning was that there was going to be a new standard through which they would be viewed. When Jesus came, He removed the barrier between us and God that had given rise to the Pharisees and Priests. When judged by the content of their character, it was seen just how far they had been from God in the first place.
I know that there are many areas of my life through which I could be producing much more fruit than I am. John warms that those that don’t produce good fruit will be thrown into the fire. I don’t want to be seen as the Pharisees. I don’t want my life to be judged unfruitful. The good news is that we have the best source of nurishment for our fruit, and that is a relationship with God and His Word. These are the only things that we need to produce an overabundance of fruit from our lives.