Matthew 7:16 (NIV) By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Becoming a child of God leads to inward transformation. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul the apostle tells us that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” When we are saved, the righteousness of God in Jesus is imputed to us; giving us a right standing before God.
However, having become saved, God expects our lifestyles to reflect this inward transformation. In other words, we are required to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” as we are told in Luke 3:8; or as the New Living Translation puts it, “Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God”. The question then is, “How are you currently living your life?” Are you producing fruit in keeping with repentance or are you a law unto yourself?
It’s very easy to profess your Faith and tell people about it: You just talk! It’s much more difficult to walk the talk by practising what you believe or what you preach. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul said “you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” What an awesome challenge that is! Can you say the same thing to those around you, those who look up to you and those who are closest to you?
Thank You Father for the gift of salvation and my transformation into a new creation. I ask that You enable me to prove by the way I live that I have repented of my sins and turned to You. Help me Lord to walk the talk, in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.