“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:15-16
I wanted to talk about this scripture for a moment. Jesus was always warning the disciples about everything they would need to know in their life. He wanted them to be equipped. He wanted them to always be aware of their surroundings and not to believe everything they saw or heard. He said that the only way to really know who these people are is by their fruits. That is what they do, how they act, and what are they producing in their life.
I would like to turn this into a self evaluation, Even though the bible is telling us to beware, we also have to beware of how we are acting and how people see us. I would like to use myself as an example today. As a christian woman and Minister I have to make sure my daily talk, and activities line up with who I say I am. I got to spend a few years just studying the word of God as a new christian and did not work, I was a stay at home mom. After a few years of staying at home I finally went back to work and found it hard to put into practice at work what I had been studying at home. You could not see where christian and non christian was. I still participated in certain conversations, did certain things, and If I tried, I would not have lost my witness because of my fruit. It was not consistent with what I confessed. Now as I have been going at this for awhile and have had time to grow and learn, people know me by my fruit and can tell that I am a true believer and follower of Christ, but they all love me, I have fun with them in certain activities. Even though they may not believe in what I believe at the moment but they know who I am by my fruit. I never do anything intentional that will cause me to loose my witness. They know what to include me in and what not to.
My purpose for this message today is for us o make sure that we are not only being aware of knowing others by their fruit but making sure we are being known by our fruit and that the fruit that we are producing is lining up with our confession. That is Jesus Christ! I can be who I am to friends and Co workers with a fear of Christ. I can be loved and be cool and great to hang out with even though I am a woman of God. People that are not believers can say I don't believe in that but she is consistent with what she believes. They can say that she is truly living what that bible says and she loves to do pranks, and sing Malt Shop Memories Songs ( which I love)! I can ready in books clubs, and share books that I have read or want to read and get excited about titles that are great, as long as I am honoring God. I have had women say ooh I am reading this books but I know you wont read it because of the language but I did read this one and thought it was great also without all the language. It is all about the fruit you are producing and what you want to be known by. I do not want to loose my witness and I want the fruit I produce to have Jesus all over it. As this scripture ask us to beware of false prophets we also much make sure we are not becoming one. Make sure your confession and fruit is a perfect match!