Jeremiah 20:10-13 ● John 10:31-42
Again the Jews picked up rocks to throw at him. Jesus said, “I have made a present to you from the Father of a great many good actions. For which of these acts do you stone me?”
The Jews said, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did, but for what you said—this blasphemy of calling yourself God.”
Jesus said, “If I don’t do the things my Father does, well and good; don’t believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes.
Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you’ll see that not only are we doing the same thing, we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him.”
The gospels give us many examples of opportunities to “judge a tree by it’s fruit.” Jesus asks the Jews to judge him by his good actions, not by his words. So too, are we asked to evaluate others. Someone we know may not be Christian, but shows to others the compassion and mercy Jesus showed. Others may technically be following the religious laws (like “the Jews” in this passage) but be utterly missing the spirit of those laws. Can we let go of names and labels, and simply look for the fruit that a person is producing?
Today train your eyes on someone’s “good fruit” and thank God for how God is working through him/her.
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