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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Produce Fruit

Scripture to reflect upon for Truth Tuesday: Matthew 21:43
“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”

You are the people God has chosen to produce His fruit. The kingdom of God was taken away from His chosen people and given to you!

Look at what man has done. Look at the mess he has created. Look around you. Man’s law is near impossible to follow. Everywhere you look is another rule that you’re breaking without even knowing it until you’re given a ticket or fine.

This is what happened with the Israelites. The Pharisees took the law into their own hands and made it what they wanted it to be, and no one could keep up! Most religions do that today, too. Our government is doing it, as well. They take God out and put themselves in. They make themselves the law and god, all at once.

If God has given us the kingdom because we can produce its fruit, how much fruit are we producing? Is your tree producing any fruit at all? Are you sitting in the background, hoping someone else will bear the fruit for you? Heed the call. Take the lead. Get up and start producing fruit! God gave you His kingdom. We are kingdom builders! We are the construction workers of God’s kingdom. We are laying the bricks upon the foundation of Christ. Have you halted the work? Have you taken a long break because the work is too hard? God is all powerful, but He also gave you the power to reach out to the world and bear His fruit.

Do you even see what’s happening around you anymore? Do you even know that as a Christian your rights are being stripped clean while more “convenient” religions are being upheld and honored? Are you settling for a little god, or are you ready to serve the Living God? The God Almighty!

I know that when it comes to other issues you stand firm in what you believe. You won’t back down no matter who or what comes against you. Is your faith in other “things” more important than your walk with Jesus or your eternal life? What makes those other issues so important that you will post it on facebook, march in rallies, post billboards in your yard, or sign petitions? When will God take that place, too? When will you start posting what God has done and is doing as your status on facebook? When will you sign a petition for moral and ethical rights to uphold over the ways of the world? When will you stand proudly in public for Jesus? Are you hiding in Christ, or are you carefully following the laws of the land that denounce your faith?

NOTE TO SELF: God has done it before and He will do it again. When we start following our own ways, He will take away the kingdom and give it to someone else who is willing to do His will, follow His ways and produce life bearing fruit to a dead world.

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