Sunday, 6 February 2011
BAD FRUIT RISING
Hello again folks! Jesus said: "You shall know them by their fruits ..." [Matthew 7:16]. He was, of course, talking about false prophets in context but He was also alluding to spiritual fruit[s] and by extension; their eternal value.I was thinking a bit this last week about true spiritual yearnings.If what we believe and what we follow means anything to us; we will want to share it with family; friends; strangers and enemies. We will want to persuade them of the benefits on both sides of the barrier of death. We will not try to coerce them; force them; threaten them or deceive them. Even our zeal would need to be put in check.
In all man-made religious organizations and structures ... folks [some honest ones too] will run around trying to earn brownie points; please their god and/or store up credits in their perception of the afterlife. Their motive may even be good but the fruit may not be. When we look at the absolute horror in which many folks these days express when True Christians try to put over their Message. Most believers will have zeal but they do not have to perform heroics in evangelizing in order to earn any favour with God. They have faith and relationship; not religion. They do it because they have something so good; they want others to have it too.
But when folks do things in the practice of their religion alone; their motives get clouded. They do things because they are told to. Because they have to in order to reach the standard or the necessary accrued good works to book their spot in their perception of heaven or the afterlife. Those things can include all the things that most people now use as their excuses to deny all and carry on regardless. Those things can include imposing theocracy in temporal government; murder; control; threats; persecution et al. These are those bad fruits of corruption that Jesus warned us about. Some who call themselves Christians do it and those followers of other faiths or no faith at all do it.
The real deal is the fruit of selflessness and genuine love and concern for those other souls that you would dearly love to come on board freely. But you leave the choice [and consequences] to them. Your desire is for their betterment irrespective of your position. You are not motivated for temporal gain or eternal rewards primarily - you leave that to the Judge to decide. Any belief or unbelief that does otherwise is 'bad fruit' to me. We need to keep our motives in check constantly.
Real Bereans [Acts 17:11] are truly needed; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel; DO NOT BE DECEIVED and watch that periphery!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 06-Feb-2011