If your heart is full of the Lord, your speech and life should be also. We are his. The people we meet should be able to tell that. By what we say. By what we do. By the fruit they pick from our trees. So don’t act like a brier or speak like a thornbush…
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 thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. What are you speaking? Jesus knows how to get to the ‘heart’ of the matter, doesn’t he? Our speech and our behaviour portrays the content of our hearts.
There must have been some people in Jesus’ day who are similar to the people of our day. You know, the ones who say and do things which would make you think they have never heard of God, and then they tell you they follow the Lord. The hypocrites. You know… them.
Them. Or us. As the case might be. Yep. We are guilty too.
I made the mistake a while ago of mentioning to someone that we had a mutual acquaintance. “I go to church with him,” I said. “Well, he isn’t a very good Christian, I can tell you that!” was the reply. When someone outside the church can dial right in to the hypocrisy in the life of someone in the church, we have a problem.
Our trees are recognized by our fruits.
If the shoe fits, wear it. And we know that there are times or seasons (hopefully not lifetimes) of thornbush and brier living. I get it: People stumble.
I think there are two pieces of this that Jesus is calling out for us: the first is the hypocrisy of that lifestyle. The second is that if your heart is full of the Lord, your speech and life should be also.
We are his. The people we meet should be able to tell that. By what we say. By what we do. By the fruit they pick from our trees…