Jesus wraps up His talk with a critical reminder. Jesus reminds His followers that people will be known by their fruit. As one lives their life, their actions, their legacy, and their reputation are built and cemented by the things they say and do. People can see past the veneer–it is how one behaves during difficult and stressful times that often reveals one’s true character. Jesus, as He briefed followers, wanted those followers to realize that their religious leaders were often not what they seemed to be.
Jesus’ entire ministry was filled with conflict and contact with the religious leadership. His constant disappointment was that these people had no heart for God. They were self-righteous, self-absorbed, and self-centered. Jesus came to shift people’s focus to being faithful, others focused, and God centered. He hated the fact that those that were leading His chosen were the least like the God they represented. From the start, Jesus worked to show God’s character and lead people to become like God.
In our lives, we are still called. We are not called to be religious, instead, we are called to be in relationship with God. In that relationship, we must follow His leadership and His call. Our fruit will show God, not us. Our foundation will be in Christ. Not our own abilities, not our own good deeds. It is simply a reflection of our walk with Him.
We should be grounded to God and His word. it is the foundation of stone Jesus describes. If grounded in the Lord, the fruit of our lives will also reflect God. The pressure will be gone, and our duty will be to follow Adonai humbly and gratefully. In good times and in bad, we continue to follow Him closely. That journey will leave a legacy that honors God and shows Christ’s impact on our lives and families.
God Bless You
No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
The Wise and Foolish Builders
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed, and its destruction was complete.”