Luke 3:8 Don’t Just Repent, Produce Fruit

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. Luke 3:8

Talk is easy to do, but action following the talk is much more difficult and rare. People are quick to talk about big things that they are going to do or who they are, but rarely will follow it up with their actions.

Most often this big talk comes from a position that a person is in or because of a person that one is connected to, nor from personal actions.

John tells the people to produce fruit with their repentance. They were claiming Abraham as their father. He also tells them that God could raise up children from the stones if needed.

Saying that one is sorrow for doing something wrong is an easy thing to do. Following that statement up with action is much more difficult. The follow up action will reveal where the heart truly is.

Without any fruit, repentance does not really mean anything. Many people are quick to repent of sins, but refuse to produce any fruit. They do not do the work of God at building up His kingdom. They do not change their ways of living, striving to be holy as God is holy.

Some ‘believers’ claim they are believers because their parents were, not because they truly are in their hearts. Their actions, or rather lack of actions, reveal where their heart really is.

When a person repents, he must change his ways. There should be fruit in his life of the change in his heart and mind. The fruit of the Spirit must be revealed in every area of his life.

Without the fruit, the believer is false.

As you are willing to repent of your sins, you must be willing to follow it up with action. Live your whole life sold out to God. Do what God has called you to do–to leave a life of sin and be His witness in all of this world.

If no one can see a marked change in your life, then you must question yourself if you really do believe in God and have you really repented.

Do not live just by words, but also by action. Prove your faith by your actions.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent before God of all sins; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sins; that you will produce fruit in keeping with your repentance; and that the world will see you truly believe in and follow Jesus.

Luke 2:1, 3 God Uses Situations To Fulfill His Will

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to their own town to register. Luke 2:1, 3

Unexpected situations happen in the lives of people on a regular basis. Very few people actually enjoy these situations when they occur.

These situations are a disruption in their life and can often be costly and time consuming. Along with those things they are often uncomfortable. It can cause a change in plans and desires very quickly, yet must be dealt with.

One some day, Caesar Augustus suddenly decides to have a census taken of everyone in his empire. This caused everyone to have to travel back to their hometowns.

Some people probably still lived in their hometown, so it did not mean much to them. Others, however, lived far away and it meant some long distance traveling. For one couple, Marry and Joseph, they lived a good distance away and she was also very pregnant. Yet, they still had to make the trip.

In the end this trip caused Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, not Nazareth, as the prophecies had claimed.

Although most people are not a part of some grand prophecy, God still has a plan for their lives. In order for God to fulfill His plan for their lives, sometimes He has to move them down a different path than what they are on. This can often mean some discomfort and disruption in life.

God may cause a car to break down on the way to work, so that the believer can be a witness to a mechanic or towing person. One may lose a job, so that he gets another job in order to be a witness to a new group of people.

Disruptions can occur all the time, but God uses them for His purpose in the lives of His people. Every believer must be willing to see what God’s will is in every situation.

As you are going through life, there will be disruptions in your plans. Seek God’s Spirit to know what He wants you to do. Ask why He is moving you down a different path and how you can use it to His glory.

These situations may be for your growth or for you to help someone else to grow in the Lord or to come to the Lord.

Are you willing to be used or will you grumble and complain?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s hand in your life; that you will see God’s plan for your life; that you will allow yourself to be used by God; and that you will work to build God’s kingdom on this earth.

Luke 1:30 You Have Found Favor

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30

People love to have favor with famous or people in high positions. In their minds it gives them a special status or position.

In the workplaces, many desire that favor so that they can get higher positions or higher pay. Others desire that favor to keep them out of trouble or to allow them to get by with things that they should not do. Some will go to great lengths to gain some favor, including trying to bribe to get it.

An angel came to Mary with a message from God. As Mary was scared of what was happening, the Angel said that she had found favor with God.

It is common for people to think that Mary was someone special to get God’s favor upon her. However, she was a human being with sins, just like every one else is. The difference is with the heart. Mary was willing to follow and obey God, no matter how crazy it appeared to be.

Every person has a chance to be favored by God. People live in sin, but God sent His Son to die for them and save them. Although every one deserves extreme eternal punishment, God is willing to give them favor and remove those sins. He is willing to send His Holy Spirit to live in each person to lead and guide the person, and give him strength to do what needs to be done.

This is greater favor than any person on this earth can give any other person. It is a favor that brings life, and not just life, but eternal life.

No one has to fear God, if he is willing to repent and follow Jesus. Jesus has brought people God’s favor.

You may wonder if God even knows who you are. He does and He has given you great favor. Instead of punishing you for your sins and crushing you, He is willing to forgive you and build you up.

God may not call you to carry His Son, but He has a work for you to do for Him. He has a special assignment just for you that no one else can do. That is His great favor.

Do not be afraid of God, but embrace Him and what He has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s favor towards you; that you will know what God has for you; that you will know what God wants you to do; and that you will serve God with all of your life.