It's probably the least talked about part of the Christian life, mainly; WORKS MATTER!
I know, I know, there's going to be an outpouring of people who want to write and tell me the plight of Martin Luther, or the theological doctrine of John Calvin and the reformers; but this morning confirmed to me again, what we do on this earth is going to matter when we get to heaven. A good tree bears good fruit, and a bad tree bears bad fruit. It's straight from the mouth of Jesus.
It was Matthew 12, when Jesus was healing, and the Pharisees called him Beelzebub. Are you crazy? Why in the world would Satan heal people and subvert his own will for the planet?
Then Jesus says, "Make a tree good and
its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad,
for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The
good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the
evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:33-37)
In other words, you will be judged by the words you say, and the deeds you do on the earth.
It's all the way through the New Testament, and it should cause those who call themselves Christians grave concern. For if, "Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks," I guess it's time to see what's in your heart?
Do you speak with a regular tone of anger?
Are the jokes you tell, and the places you find humor pleasing to the Lord?
What if you stood before God right now and gave an account of the fruit your life produced to this point, would He be pleased?
I think it's time we take this very serious. It doesn't mean we start the "Christian Act" all over again, but it's a warning to us all to be careful how we call on the grace of God in our lives to justify actions that WILL BE BROUGHT UP IN THE FUTURE!!!!!
Don't let the doctrine of Grace be abusive.
We know God forgives, but we also know He judges.
The Psalmist says, "The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom." I think our culture needs to return to a healthy fear. Not a fear of manipulation, but a healthy reverence for the creator of the Universe. For the Kingdom of God is at hand.