What uncommon things do we want to become common?

Things like:
our children having mutual love and respect for each other.
our teenage children having love, honor, respect and obedience for their parents.
us continually becoming better friends and lovers.
our family totally trusting God in all things and putting our faith in Him to fulfill his promises.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A money fruit tree

By Creg

A good friend of mine who'd been down on his luck lately came to Sunday worship with only $10 to his name. He decided to put $5 in the collection plate. Have you ever given 50% of your total life savings to God? Me neither. Do you give money & goods to Kingdom purposes in such a way that it affects how you have to live? Does that have anything to do with Biblical fruit?

Luke chapter 3. 7John (the Baptist) said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.

Does that sound harsh? What does John mean about producing fruit? It sounds like they already repented. Where did they go wrong? Maybe they got their identity from being children of Abraham rather than just being obedient children of God. John continues.

9The axe is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."

Ax, cut, fire! Bad, bad, bad. Should we find out what he's talking about? They do.

10"What should we do then?" the crowd asked.

John answers in the next 3 verses.

11John answered, "The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same." 12Tax collectors also came to be baptized. "Teacher," they asked, "what should we do?" 13"Don't collect any more than you are required to," he told them. 14Then some soldiers asked him, "And what should we do?" He replied, "Don't extort money and don't accuse people falsely—be content with your pay."

All of John's answers have something in common. They all deal with money or material possessions. Remember he was addressing how a Christian shows fruit. Is John saying that genuine repentance will lead to a new heart & a new way of living that will radically change your priorities? Does it look like the fruit of spiritual transformation intersects with money? Look at what John the apostle wrote in 1 John 3.

17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?

So, what are you investing your money in? You can't bet too much on a winning horse, if you know what I mean. That makes God's Kingdom a wise investment. By the way, my friend who gave half of what he had got 5 calls for jobs the next day.

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