Hello all, praise God for his mercy and grace today. Well, i have been busy, but still commencing on my devotions. i have two, actually three installments to post but i will do two today.
Our study will be in Matthew chapter 3. Here we see the ministry of John the Baptist, cousin to Jesus Christ, and later the beginning of Jesus’ ministry beginning with His baptism. in this study, I would like to bring focus on something that has been confirmed in my spirit by two other people I don’t know. God tends to do that. If He is leading you in a particular path, He will confirm His word by two or three witnesses.
Lets look at Matthew 3:5-9, “then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father; for i say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” My focus verse is verse 8, :Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.
God has placed in my spirit a need to address this in my own life and to share with all saints. We have all been “Born again.” we have gone through the process of repentance and asking the Lord into our hearts and been baptized as the scriptures say. but how many of us remember showing the fruits of repentance. I’m not saying we are not saved, I am wanting to bring focus on saving a lost soul. John says something here that is profound and I believe something we ought to take into consideration when dealing with the lost. He says bring forth fruit of repentance. I began to ask, how quickly does fruit grow? What does it take for fruit to grow? in other words, when a person goes to the altar and starts dedicating his life to Christ, how fast are we, the church, expecting to see fruit. i know that we don’t plant an apple tree and then expect fruit the next day. i know it takes time, even a season for that fruit to grow. in that time, the farmer does things to and around that tree to ensure that the best fruit can be produced by that tree. I believe that is what God is telling me. Not just for me, but as a minister, how i should assist the new born believer.
I heard a preaching on the woman with the issue of blood and something about the scripture intrigued me. it says that she heard that Jesus was in town. She said within herself if i may but touch the hem of his garment…
My thoughts said, she must have been around good witnesses of the Lord to have developed such faith that she believed in His healing virtue. It is evident in the fact that she went broke going to doctors and physicians and grew worse. Something somebody said about this Jesus cultivated the soil of her heart to have faith to come to Him. Then i thought about what John the Baptist said and i wondered if I, a minister, am cultivating the soil of hearts to have faith to go to Jesus? Have i tilled the ground of sinners hearts, to prepare the seed of faith? Have i done enough to help this soul prepare to produce fruit of repentance?
It’s not enough for us to see the altars full of crying people, we need to then take these young trees and begin the process of helping them produce fruits meet for repentance. to help them assist in the life changing process of living for God. a young tree that is planted in the orchard is just not left alone. some are given a standard, which is the stick they are tied to help them grow straight. We are NOT the standard, the Word of God is, but we are the tie that binds the tree to that standard. We assist in the tree growing straight. How? By our witness, and through fellowship and through bible studies and charity. Our job is not done after leading them to the altar, but has just begun. The world is relentless in its pursuit of us; we ought to be just as relentless in our pursuit of lost souls. We are the workers. The husbandman isn’t out there in the fields pruning, watering, and tilling; the workers are. In order for fruits of repentance to grow, we, the church, have to cultivate the soil for proper growth.
-Min Mike Jones