Week Eight - Day One
Transformation is known by its Actions
Luke 6:43-45 - For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
In Luke 6, Jesus gives his famous Sermon on the Mount. In these particular verses, he makes an analogy between fruit trees and people. Jesus makes a direct connec- tion between the “fruit” (how we’re recognized by others, see Matthew 7:15-20) and our hearts. It is from what is in our hearts that we speak and act. What does Jesus mean, “treasure of his heart” or “abundance of the heart”? It’s similar to the image of a storeroom; what is put in is what is going to come out.
So, how might others perceive your heart when they view you? Do they associate you with being a “religious” person or a “good moral” person? Do they think you love Jesus? On what evidences do they base their assessment? Outward appear- ances, what is said and done, is witness to what is actually in our hearts. While only God truly knows our hearts, our actions should be producing the kind of fruit people see as good.
Christians are called to live differently than before they experienced God’s salvation. For disciples of Jesus, the Holy Spirit places new desires in our hearts. When we cooperate with the Spirit, we cultivate those desires in our hearts by praying, studying God’s word, loving others and submitting to our calling from the Holy Spirit. This change isn’t immediate though; we will be changing through time as God works in us. The transformation God promises is initiated by the Holy Spirit and this means we will be gradually changing for the good (2 Cor 5:17). God’s transformation of his disciples starts when we become Christians and continues producing fruit in ever-increasing abundance.
- Write down the fruit you have seen God produce in your life.
- How has this changed over time?
- In what ways does this encourage you?