The Good Fruit People

16th November

A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. …. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

Luke 6:43,44a – 45

Have you ever been to an apple orchard or a grape vineyard? Supposing you had been, and when you arrived you saw bananas hanging off what was supposed to be an apple tree.. What would you think; Impossible right? That is exactly the same imagery Jesus paints for us here in the Lukan version of the beatitudes. It is as simple as that. Jesus gives a clear distinction between the treasury of a good person’s heart and an evil person’s heart; one produces good things and the other evil things. It almost feels like there is no middle ground.

Yet before we start identifying ourselves as evil if we ever said or done bad things, lets just clarify that ‘evil’ is an association with everything that is not good. It is a conscious decision to rebel against God and to live a life opposite to how He wants us to live. An evil heart denies there is a God and lives in a way that reflects no morality or submission to that higher power. On the contrary, a good heart, only produces good fruits. We may have days where our fruit looks more organic than the nice polished fruits on sale in high end supermarkets, yet the point is, that the treasury of a good heart, is good fruit and that good fruit is GOOD.

It is only by the mighty grace of God that we can produce good fruit. It is by the mighty love of God that He has changed our hearts from evil to good. And it is by the mighty power of God, that He sustains us and causes us to produce good fruit in accordance to the Spirit’s continual work in our hearts. May our fruit ever bring glory to Jesus Christ.

Teach Our Children

15th November

Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-7

Yesterday, BBC news released very disturbing facts about the causes of death in the UK. According to the BBC news statistics, the most common cause of death in 5 – 19 year olds in the UK is suicide1. It is a disturbing fact that shouldn’t be overlooked, as painful as it is. Where has it gone wrong? What are we not doing? These are valid questions and ones that definitely need answering. Yet our responsibility is to initiate the change in our homes, both through praying for our nation’s children, but also through teaching our own children Godly principles, teaching them that they are loved and teaching them they have a hope and a future. If we don’t teach them, then where else will they learn these values? Bob Talbert comments on this topic and says “teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them whats counts is best.”2 In other words, if we just give children an educational upbringing, we will have a nation of clever kids, without a purpose, destiny and with statistics such as the ones the BBC published, if not worse.

It is our responsibility, parents responsibility, uncles and aunties, godparents, cousins, brothers, sisters and friends, Sunday School teachers and family in Christ, to pour Christ’s teachings, hope, love, and purpose into our young people’s hearts as a matter of urgency! As today’s verse says and as the Jewish culture still does, let us too ‘talk about them (Godly principles and values: God’s law in context)) when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.’ Let us make it our purpose to raise the next generations of world changers for Jesus.