Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. – Matthew 3:8
John the Baptist had been receiving people to immerse in the Jordan River for them to repent of sin and symbolize their cleansing via the water washing it away. Then one day a group of religious elite came to observe his doings, but he rebuked them. He asked them who warned them to repent of the coming judgment and rather to live lives that produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
Do you and I really live lives that produce fruit in keeping with repentance? John openly confronted the religious elite because they tended to lord over others about adherence to the Mosaic Law but failed to do so themselves. John was right in chastising them and calling them out. He warned them and us that any tree that doesn’t bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. That fire can be none other than the flames of a demon’s hell. John even referred to them when he said that Jesus is separating the wheat from the chaff, for the wheat will be stored in the LORD’s barn while the chaff is burned up in an unquenchable fire!
We need to ensure that we live our lives with a repentant heart. The moment that we begin to think and act like sin is okay or can be neglected and not require repentance then we run the risk of becoming a King Saul. Saul started out a humble man and God-fearing, but he quickly rebelled against God and chose to do things his way instead. It cost him his life and any hope of salvation. Many people think that once saved you’re always saved. I beg to differ. There is ample scripture that speaks of people turning away from the faith, as taught through the teachings of Jesus, Paul, and Peter. These three spoke again and again about enduring to the end and holding fast to the faith. It is a scary proposition to think that people think they can live life any way they want without consequence.
I hereby advise all naysayers to go read through the book of Hebrews and explain to themselves what the author meant when he speaks of there no longer being any sacrifice to cover sin when people trample upon the blood of Jesus! Try reading the 10th chapter of Hebrews and then follow it up with the 4th chapter. It will set you straight and cause your blind eyes to open. Then read Revelation chapter 3 and the 17th and 19th chapters as well. Jesus will set you straight too!
Produce fruit that is consistent with living a repentant life. There is not a person on the face of this earth that does not need to confess sin. Every human will and does commit sin, even after coming into a personal relationship with Jesus.
Father, thank you for loving me and showing the necessity of living a life that is a repentant life, one where my heart stays tender toward the convicting power of your sweet, Holy Spirit. Never let my heart become hard or stone cold and refuse to hear your beckoning to repent. I want to produce good fruit and show the world just how great you are! Your will alone be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.