Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Are you waiting on something to happen before getting "really serious" about following Christ? You may find this passage interesting. I don't recall having ever heard it in a sermon, possibly because it would take some 'splaining on doctrine:About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”
Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’
“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’” - Luke 13:1-9 (NLT)
This passage makes me think of a couple of others. First, Jesus, speaking to a crowd of people:A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. - Matthew 7:18-19 (NLT)
Jesus speaking to the church at Laodicea:“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!" - Revelation 3:15-16 (NLT)
I'm not arguing that one can or can't lose his salvation. The point I'm trying to bring out here is that our relationship with Christ had better be marked by genuine repentance, and it should be making a visible difference in our lives (and by extension, in the lives of other people) -- our love for God should be producing good works.