The fruit Christ seeks to produce in us is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” (John 15:5) When we have a living faith, we have works – the works Jesus Christ puts into us. Faith that is not active is dead. (See James 2:14-26)
In Romans 2:5-8, Paul warned: “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed. God ‘will give to each person according to what he has done.’ To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.”
Jesus said, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." (Matthew 7:24-27) The house upon the shifting sand is a picture of divine judgment against the person who hears Jesus’ commands and does not act.
Have you heard and are you living by Jesus’ authority? If you have never heard Him say something that was hard to live out, you may never have heard Him at all. Ask the Lord to open your eyes that you might choose to be a doer of what He says.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join us for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. We also meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.