Fruit Bearers

When I think of John the Baptist, I can’t help but to think of Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. He lived in the wilderness and preached the word of God. He wore camel skin and ate locusts and wild honey. I think it’s safe to say, he was a pretty burly dude. Chapter 3 in the book of Luke talks mainly about how John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus Christ to come and begin His ministry. Luke 3:2-3 NKJV, “while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,”. He was one of the first people to preach what we believe today, that you can be forgiven of your sins if you ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart. What I like about this chapter is that it’s a call to action. John says in verse 8, “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,”. We have to do more than just recite a verse, we have to bear fruit. Luke 3:9 NKJV, “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” To me, this is a pretty intense verse. So, how does someone bear good fruit and avoid the fire? Luke 3:10-14 NKJV, “So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” Then the tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed to you.” Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.” Being a good fruit bearer doesn’t mean you have to get up in front of the church and start preaching, bearing good fruit basically means being a decent person. Give to people in need if you have the means, don’t cheat people out of money or anything for that matter, don’t be a bully or a liar, and be happy with what God has given you is basically all this verse is saying. It doesn’t take much to be a good fruit bearer. John must have been a pretty extraordinary guy because the people that heard him speak started to question if he was Jesus Christ. Luke 3:15-16 NKJV, “Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not, John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Jesus Christ is about to hit the scene! John said, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” For me, when I got saved, it was a lot like this. I felt the Holy Spirit and it started a fire in my heart like nothing I have ever felt before. I’m 28 years old and just now gave my life to God, verse 23 says that Jesus was about 30 years of age when He began His ministry. I know the saying is often, “You’re never too old!” but I have learned that you’re never too young either. Just because you may not know everything the bible says or you can’t quote verses off the top of your head, doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and spread the Good News. Jesus’ ministry lasted about 3 years and look at the impact He had! Granted He was Jesus Christ, but still. I spoke of Phil Robertson at the beginning of this post. Phil was 28, my age, when he gave his life to God and although he may have looked like John the Baptist, he definitely wasn’t living like it. It doesn’t matter what type of life you lived before, what matters is the life you choose to live now, today and tomorrow.

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