Ferre Fructum = Bear Fruit
Ferre Fructum = Bear Fruit in Latin
PART ONE OF SIX
One of my favorite Christian t-shirts has a growling bear holding a pineapple with the words, “Bear Fruit” underneath. Bearing fruit is what we are supposed to do as a Christian. What exactly does this mean?
Jesus said, “You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15). He was warning about false prophets, and saying by one’s teaching and the way they live their lives will you know. He went on to say, “So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit” (Matthew 7:17-18).
We are going to all have bad days where we do not look like Jesus, but for the majority of the time our fruit should shine through. Bearing fruit is an attitude of the heart, and our heart’s main condition should be love for God and love for our neighbor.
This week we are going to be going through a little test to see how we are bearing fruit in our “neck of the woods.” There will be four indicators to test ourselves, this writer included. I believe we all have areas we can improve in, and I pray these areas will be revealed this week.
We will have four main verses for the week to put us to the test:
“We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death” (1 John 3:14).
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare (Jeremiah 29:7).
“Let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:20).
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
I want you to imagine one thing for now. You woke up this morning and put on a Christian t-shirt and slapped a Christian bumper sticker on the back of you vehicle (maybe a bear fruit shirt and sticker?). Now think about how your day went and your encounters with everyone you meet. If you are reading this in the morning, come back to it tonight.
Just for today, examine your heart and actions in all your encounters today. Be honest, did you ever embarrass yourself while wearing your t-shirt and bumper sticker? Were you a true ambassador of Jesus Christ today?
Tune in tomorrow for Part Two..
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