Our Pastor shared the Truth with us yesterday, as taught by Jesus and recorded in the twelfth chapter of John.
I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop.
The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:24-25)
A living that dies. And a dying that lives.
A love of life, this temporal existence, producing death.
Yet a disregard for the life on earth preserving an eternal and glorious existence.
Each yielding a harvest of fruit.
A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit; on the other hand, a bad tree doesn’t produce good fruit. (Luke 6:43)
In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. (Matthew 7:17)
Excellent fruit dripping ripe from the healthy tree.
A sickly and spoiled crop hanging loosely from the branches of the diseased tree.
You’ll recognize them by their fruit. (Matthew 7:16a)
Then, a question.
To all bearers of fruit.
Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? (Luke 6:46)
And a warning, lest you’re unconcerned with your fruit production.
Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Matthew 7:19)
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
We find John the Baptist, always paving the way.
Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!
Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. (Matthew 3:2, 8)
Reminding us to produce fruit.
A harvest consistent with reform.
Life proving a change.
Feet following the heart.
Godly sorrow accompanying repentance.
More than a simple external alteration. A movement of mind, will and emotions.
Producing healthy fruit by dying to self in order to live for Christ.