Good Fruit, Bad Fruit & Fire

With our new lifestyle, Janet and I are pretty consistent on eating as much organic food as possible.  However, we recently ran out of organic apples and bought a regular bag of Washington apples.  These apples were large – deep red – and looked delicious.  Most of them have been, but I cut one in half the other day and it was rotten on the inside.   You’d have never known it was rotten by looking or feeling the outside of the apple.   It’s appearance was good, but it was still rotten on the inside — ie = bad fruit.

All of us produce some kind of fruit in our lives.  On the outside, a lot of what we produce may look great, but the real question is:  “Is it good fruit or bad fruit?”   Just because something appears to be good, doesn’t mean it is. 

When John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing, some very religious people came to be baptized by him, but he refused.  He said they were hypocrites.   They looked good with all the external things they did, but interally they were rotten;  and only produced a lot of bad fruit.  Then John said:   An ax is ready to cut the trees down at their roots. Any tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into a fire (Matthew 3:10 CEV).

What kind of fruit are you producing?  Whatever’s in your heart is what comes out in your life eventually.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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