“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
If you want to change the fruit you are reaping, then change the seed you are sowing.
What in your life is not how you want it to be?
It could be that it is a result of something that you have done. It could be that it is the result of something that someone else has done. It could be the reality that you and I live in a broken world.
So which one is it? Are you able to identify the root of the issue?
If the issue is you, is it time to start sowing new seed? What change needs to be made?
If the issue is someone else’s poor choices, how can you best protect yourself from the collateral damage of somebody else’s sin? What is the wise thing to do?
If the issue is that this world is just not as it should be, how can you demonstrate your trust that Jesus is making all things new?
Jesus is making a point in this statement that who you follow determines where you go. So, choose wisely.
We tend to follow the ones who have the most confidence, are the most eloquent, or resonate most with us. Jesus says, watch out. Somebody can be totally confident and totally wrong. Somebody can be eloquent and full of lies. Somebody can really connect to our hearts, but our hearts are deceitful.
Who bears the fruit of somebody worth following in your life right now?
Who best resembles the fruit of Jesus?
That is somebody worth following.
If you want to know the root, look at the fruit.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to listen to the right voices. Holy Spirit, help me to discern what is from You and what is not. Amen.