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“Will He find fruit in you?”

Mark chapter 11 contains a fascinating event recorded for us. Near the end of Jesus’ time on this earth, following His triumphal entry on the back of the colt, He became angry with a tree.

Mark 11:12-14 – “On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.”

I used to find this passage interesting, now I find it convicting. In verse 12 we read that Jesus was hungry. Verse 13 we read that Jesus noticed a fig tree in leaf. This is important for our understanding of this passage. Fig trees are known to only produce these leaves after there is the beginnings of fruit. In other words, it looked like it had fruit, but it did not. Jesus traveled the distance because he saw the leaves, when He didn’t find fruit, He cursed the tree.

Verse 20 tells us that Jesus and His disciples passed that same tree the next day and this tree was withered down to it’s roots. You see, it wasn’t the fact that the tree wasn’t producing fruit that upset Jesus so bad. It was the fact that the tree appeared to be producing fruit when it really wasn’t. This tree, was a hypocrite.

Are we like this tree? Are you guilty of any of these things?

  • Wearing our finest clothes for Sunday worship to appear as though we respect the worship service. Only we fail to pay attention and find ourselves easily distracted once we are there.
  • Making sure you and your family wear your smiles when we are with the church to make sure everyone knows that things are “fine”. While on the inside you are all miserable.
  • Posting occasional Facebook posts or tweets that make us seem more spiritual than we are
  • Saying, “Christ is number one in my life” – but we fail to evangelize
  • Saying, “Christ is number one in my life”- but we fail to be faithful to the church that He died for

We could extend the list on and on. The only problem with going throughout life with this kind of hypocrisy is that God knows your heart (Romans 8:27). May we never be found guilty of trying to talk the talk, but not walk the walk.

It is my prayer that I will do better at not appearing to produce fruit, but that I actually produce fruit for my Savior.

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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Am I Ready To Stand?

It has been a while since I have posted. Ok, it has been 5 months. I want to start by apologizing for not posting in a while. I would also like to thank those of you that have asked me to start writing again. 

There are many passages in scripture that I fear are often used out of their proper context. This is nothing new. Many people will quote from Jeremiah 29:11 for a graduation speech, write Phil 4:13 on the wall of their weight room, and of course, quote “judge not” from Matthew 7 while they are trying to justify their behavior. All of these passages have a great depth of value, they are simply applied incorrectly.

Why is it that we struggle with context so much when discussing Bible passages? I cannot speak for all, I can however speak for myself. I believe that the lack of context study is as a result of two things.

#1. Laziness. Just simply lacking the time, desire, and effort to read more than a few verses.

#2. Personal Bias. We see what we want to see.

Romans 14:10- Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; (ESV)

There may be some who would read this passage from Romans and focus on the initial question about judging your brother. They might say to themselves “AHA! See! You aren’t supposed to judge me!” Allow me to pose a question from my heart to yours. How different would your life look if we stopped focusing on “judging each other” or “being judged ”by someone else. And we started focusing MORE on the aspect that each one of us will stand before the judgment seat of God?

I will stand before God and give an account for issues such as:

  • Have I obeyed the gospel? (2 Thess 1:8)
  • Am I faithful in church attendance? (Hebrews 10:25)
  • Am I active in sharing the gospel? (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Am I forgiving? (Colossians 3:13)
  • Am I merciful? (Luke 6:36)
  • Am I benevolent? (Matthew 25:31-46)
  • Am I a hard worker? (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
  • Am I living a life of purity? (1 John 3:3)
  • Am I a good father? (Deut 6, Ephesians 6:4)
  • Am I a good husband? (Colossians 3:19)
  • Am I growing in my faith? (Hebrews 5:12)
  • Am I placing God above all else? (Matthew 6:33)

These and many others, I will have to give an account to my God on that day. How different would our lives look today if we all took time to pause and ask ourselves (not think about that one person in the auditorium that really needs to hear this lesson, no, ask yourself) am I ready to face the judgment seat of God?

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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