In Mt. 3 – John the Baptist told a bunch of religious people:   Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matt 3:8 NIV)  These religious people looked good on the outside, but there was no real lifechange in them because their hearts were far from God. 

The Prophet Isaiah wrote:  All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all.  (Isa. 53:6 NLT)   Following our path instead of God’s is the essence of sin.  

In Jesus first sermon, he said to REPENT (of sin – of our lifestyle).   To repent means to change your mind & change your direction; to do a 180.  It means you choose to change the path you’re on, and turn from living life your way to live life God’s way.  It’s not about perfection, it’s about direction.   You’ll still make mistakes, but the overall direction of your life will change.   The evidence of a real-believer versus a make-believer is genuine life-change that starts in the heart & produces fruit (an evident change in attitude & action that honors God).

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 five 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 Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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