“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45
There is an old computer saying, garbage in, garbage out. The same can be said for us. If we fill our minds with garbage then what comes out of our mouths will be garbage. Each Christian needs to bear good fruit. We need to not only share the Good News but live the Good News. To do so we need to take in God’s Word and study God’s Word. Then we need to put that message into practice.
I am a bit of a news junky, not as bad as I used to be but I read the daily paper every day and catch the local evening newscast. Doing so can take a toll on a person as we see how much evil is done each and every day. It seems like a week does not pass without a teacher being arrested for relations with a student and some child being abused or killed. People are attacked in their cars and front yards and home invasions are epidemic.
What can we expect in a world that seems to reject God at every turn. In this thorn bush that is today’s world how can anyone expect to get grapes. It is up to us who have the good seed of the Gospel to share that seed with the world. We will not change the world over night but we can change the world one person at a time. Many hearts will be closed to the Good News and they will continue to product brambles but many are searching for the truth.
To share the truth we need to not be afraid of learning new ways to share the Gospel. The world is very different that the one I grew up in. When I was a child most accepted that God exists and that there was such a thing as absolute truth. Today we need to start from scratch. We live in a world where many think all truths are relative and there are no absolutes. We live in a world where many believe that God does not exist. To reach these people we need to reason with them. It is no longer good enough to give them a Bible and think our work is done. We need to be able to answer their questions and refute the false information that is out there.
I have recently been corresponding with someone on my blog who though they have read the Bible and quote from it. But, they have read the Bible with an agenda one that is not God’s. I respond to a question only to have another arise. That is why every Christian needs to have a passing understanding of apologetics so they can answer the hard question people raise today and correct misunderstanding of God’s Word.
Many times we will fail to bring them to God but we should never stop trying to let everyone know about Christ and what He did for all of us.
Have a blessed day,