Therefore by their fruits you will know them. I never knew you
- Matthew 7:20
Early this morning, I started thinking of a conversation that I had with a co-worker that dealt with Jesus and forgiveness. She would define herself just as myself, as a Christian, but I started thinking the fruit between us are different. I’m not saying this in a judgmental way in any shape or form. Then the question I started asking, do people recognize if I’m a Christian without me saying anything? This is a question to ask because just as we are to be the light for the Kingdom, we are also to bear fruit for the Kingdom as well.
We have to take the necessary steps to evaluate ourselves. As the Bible tells us, to let every man examine himself… I Corinthians 11:28, simply because it is easy to say we are one way when our life is showing something completely different.
What kind of conversations are you having with friends at school or work? How do you respond to certain situations?
If I could take the time to truly answer these questions I would have to honestly say that my fruits are not representing the Kingdom of God and it is not always intentionally. Although I live in a carnal world, I cannot for one second make an excuse for why I am living in this world and not for God. As one of my favorite songs from Jonathan McReynolds says “We are Christ Representatives.” We honestly get caught up with this or that but not representing God. Our daily actions are showing whom we really belong to. So what fruits are you bearing?
One my favorite parables by Jesus is found in Matthew 13:1-9. These verses are so relevant to the fruit because our faith started as seeds. Somewhere in our walk, a seed was planted in order for us to call ourselves Christians. And remember without the seed there is no fruit. But according to Galatians 5, we are introduced to the two fruits. We are all familiar with the Fruit of the Spirit, but have you read the preceding verses? It’s important to know these verses because far too many believers unintentionally or intentionally display the works to the flesh.
According to Galatians 5:19-21, Now the works of the flesh is evident, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambition, dissensions, heresies, envy, murder, drunkenness, revelries, and the like, which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
I know that’s a long verse so go back and re-read these verses slowly and take the time to examine if you have been in the flesh. When I use to teach women’s bible study when I was in college I told the young ladies that Satan fruits look very beautiful. He will present you with a “once in a lifetime” or “act now” opportunity. From the outside, it looks like you simply have to have it, but what Satan does not tell you what is inside. You want the greatest example of that; go back to the book of Genesis when Satan tempted Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. We have to examine what seeds are we planting in our everyday life. What are watching and listening to? Who do you hang around every day? What are you doing when there is no one around?
Rather we like it or not, seeds are being planted in our lives each and every day and it truly up to us to take to the time either pluck it out or let it grow. So I end with this, whom do you belong too? Too many people walk with a label that they are Christian but their life and choose shows otherwise. A lot of people will not like or will try to deny this, but God will judge us according to how we live our life. We will all be measured equally and will not be judged any differently. I can only speak for myself when I say that I do not want to hear the words I never knew you, depart from me.
My name is Denisha Rue and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I gave my life to Christ in 2007 when I was 16 years old but I didn't truly surrender my life until 2013. Jesus has truly saved me from a life of rebellion I love Christ and my life has radically changed when I said yes to the calling. I enjoy coffee, contemporary Christian music, reading and writing.