The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:10
John the Baptist was baptizing people at the river. Several Pharisees and Sadducees came up to see what was happening. John warned them that they must produce fruit with repentance or else they would be cut down. Using the illustration of them being trees, he stated that if the tree does not produce good fruit it will be cut down.
Every tree is expected to be productive. Fruit trees are expected to produce good fruit. Ones that are not fruit trees are expected to produce leaves and either nuts or flowers on them. Any tree that does not produce any fruit or leaves is considered dead.
A dead tree is worthless as a tree. It will be cut down and used for firewood. There is no other purpose for it.
God expects people to work in the same way as a tree does. A believer must produce fruit in his life. It is easy for a person to repent of any sins and claim to believe in Jesus. It only takes a few seconds and a few words to do that.
Those actions are good, but it is not the end of everything in what it means to believe in and follow Jesus. There also has to be fruit in the life of the person. There must be a change in the person.
Paul stated that believers would be a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). The person must show that he is a believer in Jesus and turn away from sin. The fruit of the Spirit must be showing in his life.
Along with change in his own life, the believer must also be reaching out to others and drawing them to Christ Jesus. He must be a witness to this fallen world.
If there is no fruit in his life, he will be cut down and cast out in the end.
Take a look at your life. Do you see fruit in your own life?
Are you changing your habits to follow God?
Are you being the witness Jesus called you to be?
Or are you still living pretty much the same as before you claimed to believe in Jesus?
Produce some fruit today in your life and don’t get cut down by God.
I pray today that God will stir up life in you; that you will begin to produce God’s fruit in your life; that you will be the witness God wants you to be; and that God will see you as a productive member of His kingdom.