Bible Reference: Luke 6:44-45
Translation: The Passion Translation (TPT)
Bible Text: 44 Every tree will be revealed by the quality of fruit that it produces. Figs or grapes will never be picked off thorn trees. 45 People are known in this same way. Out of the virtue stored in their hearts, good and upright people will produce good fruit. But out of the evil hidden in their hearts, evil ones will produce what is evil. For the overflow of what has been stored in your heart will be seen by your fruit and will be heard in your words.
OBSERVATION: I believe that in our Scripture today, Jesus was teaching us the importance of filling our hearts with the right things. Remember, God created the trees that Jesus used in His comparison, and He created us in His image, so better than any counselor we might speak with, God knows about everything expressed in this chapter. He knows how our hearts react to certain circumstances and the conditions that trigger our expressions of goodwill and/or fear, hatred and greed. Since this impacts our very character, and could impact the world for Jesus Christ, I feel like it deserves our time to meditate and consider.
APPLICATION: In our world of computers and programming, a clause often used is: ‘garbage in, garbage out’! Some find that challenging to believe, since computers are so smart and powerful! However, they are mechanical and can only work with the data that was input by humans at some point. Well, just like the computer engineers who put the ‘X’s’ and ‘O’s’ together to make the first computer language, God our Creator put together an even more complex piece of machinery, that we call the human body. So when He likened us to fruit bearing trees, He knew what He was talking about. Friends, with God’s help, we are responsible for the input into our bodies, our hearts and our minds. If we fill our bodies with junk food, we know that sooner than later we will find ourselves sitting in doctors’ offices, and possibly occupying hospital rooms, as we look for medical help to correct those things that we have brought on ourselves. But what about our minds and our hearts? Ever noticed how many things that we once were taught was immoral, or not permitted on the Lord’s Day, has now been okayed by society? Ever noticed how quickly we become bored with sitting around socializing with neighbors and friends, when we suddenly think about our favorite show that’s on television, or perhaps about our device that we left at home, Lord forbid? Friends, God is reminding us that in much the same way that we pick our best fruit from a tree that has been loved and cared for, so it is with our personal lives. Others will be impacted by lives that are rich in good values; that are rich in relationships – especially a relationship with the Almighty God, and that shows evidence of His characteristics. Television, nor nightly trips to the local bar will give you those attributes. However, a right relationship with God, and frequent study of His Word, will help keep you on track. I honestly believe that more so than ever before, our friends and family are looking for examples of a life that is strengthened and led by God. You can personally benefit from this, and so can those who stand to experience time with you. Please consider a firsthand experience with our Creator, and a daily walk in His Word. It will change your life, and impact those who come into relationship with You. Read my Footnote for more information in cementing a relationship with my Savior, Jesus – God’s only Son.
PRAYER: Dearest Lord Jesus, thank You for making a way for us to know You and experience Your love in such a real and meaningful way. Lord, unless we are filled with You and Your qualities, our world will go deeper and deeper into the evil and misgivings of the ruler of this world, Satan. Please oh God, touch the hearts of all those that will read this devotional today. Fill each of us with Your love, and help us to recommit to serving you more faithfully and taking in more of Your Word than ever before, so that our hearts might overflow with the character and mind of Christ. Oh that You may be glorified through all that is accomplished today. AMEN!