Fruits and Foundations
‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says’ (James 1:22). Pray for God’s strength to be an...Fruits and Foundations
‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says’ (James 1:22). Pray for God’s strength to be an obedient ‘doer’ of his Word.
Bible passage: Luke 6:43–49
A Tree and Its Fruit
43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. 45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.
The Wise and Foolish Builders
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
A lecture aims to inform; but a good sermon seeks to form thoughts, reform attitudes, and transform lives. When John preached repentance, his audience was moved to ask, ‘What should we do then?’ (Luke 3:10). The pattern is repeated at Peter’s Pentecost sermon (Acts 2:37). Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Plain by challenging his listeners to consider the reality and quality of their relationship with him.
Evidenced by obedience
The parables about fruits (vs 43–45) and foundations (vs 46–49) contrast what is external and visible with what is internal and hidden. A tree may look good, a house may seem sound, but externalities can be faked. Lip service without life service is really no service (v 46). An authentic confession of our lips must be evidenced by obedience in our lives. Professing Jesus as ‘Lord’ only has validity and value if we submit to his lordship.
Barometer of faith
‘Figs’ and ‘grapes’ (v 44) are ‘good fruit’ (v 43) because they are edible and wholesome; in contrast, ‘thorn bushes’ and ‘briers’ are inedible and unwholesome. While it cannot earn us salvation, ‘fruit’ serves as a barometer of our faith. What kind of ‘fruit’ or ‘results’ are evident in your life?
‘If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit…’ (John 15:5). How will you stay closely connected to Jesus so that you may bear good fruit for him? Show more
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