PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA FRANKFURT E.V.
"Produce Fruit Consistent with Repentance"
" Prove by the way you live that you have repented
of your sins and turned to God" (Matthew 3:8)
Henry Blackaby, author of Experiencing God noted, "There are just as many abortions inside the churches as outside the churches. There's only
a one percent difference in gambling inside the churches than outside the churches" George Barna conducted a survey of 152 seperate items comparing the lost world and the churches, and he said there is virtually no difference between the two.
The Pharisees and Sadducees were condemned by John the Baptist and Jesus because they claimed to be very religious but they not bearing the of the religion they claimed to possess - they were distance from God. The test of conversion is a transformation in life. God looks beyond our words and religious activities to see if our conduct backs up what we say, and He judges our words by the actions that accompany them. Just as a fruit tree is expected to bear fruit, God's peolple should produce a crop of good deeds. God has no use for peolple who call themselves Christian but do nothing about. We are of no value if we are Christians in name only. If others can't see our face in the way we threat them, we may not be God's peolple at all. Remember always that the essence of repentance lay in such a thorough change of mind that the it issues in a change of life.
" We will be cut off unless we bear fruit"
"Even now the axe of God's judgement is poised,
ready to severe the roots of the tree" (Matthew 3:10)
To 'cut a tree' is literally to cut it off. To cut off the corner of a dress as David cut off the corner of Saul's cloak is to sever it from the whole piece. Other examples of cut off are being removed from the sight of the people, stoning, death and burning.
Think about this, 'I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit' (John 15:1,2). Our heavenly Father, the gardener, will cut away the fruitless branches from the life-sustaining vine because of fruitlessness and prunes the branches that are fruitful so they can be even more fruitful. God wants fruit and such is a vital requirement of remaining in the vine - staying saved. The Father is glorified by fruitfulness. God's sovereign will is for all the branches to remain in the vine, but He will not tolerate forever fruitless branches - religion without substance which through their own negligence, have become unfruitful - though they have opportinity to be fruitful. The cut off branches withered after being severed from the vine, just like what we would observe in the natural. They would die spiritually and get thrown into fire.
Source: The Almanac Daily Devotional - July - Nov. Edition 2014