Fresh fruit is a staple at my home. My children love strawberries, bananas, oranges, grapes, and apples. So any trip to the grocery store is not complete until we stop in the produce section. It’s never a quick stop, because we have to check and ensure we pick good fruit. We look for ripeness, bruises, or moldy spots. We take our time and make good choices because we don’t want to get home and have bad fruit.
As I stood in the checkout line, I wondered why is it that we’re more discerning of fruit at the grocery store than the fruit that people produce?
Jesus knew that we would encounter corrupt people, but He didn’t leave us unequipped. In Matthew 7, Jesus teaches us to be discerning by examining fruit. Healthy people, like healthy trees, bear good fruit. Likewise, diseased trees, like corrupt people, bear bad fruit and will eventually receive divine judgment.
The Holy Spirit and Word of God equip us with the ability to recognize when people are acting in a manner contrary to the instructions of God. We were never called to be judges, but we can look at the fruit that people’s lives produce to help us determine how to interact with them. When we look at the spiritual leaders that we engage with, we should be able to see good fruit. We should be able to see good character, doctrine, and deeds. Their lifestyle should actively display the power of God. Their disciples should be displaying good fruit, too.
Today, I want to encourage you to examine the fruit. We can no longer afford to be fooled by bad or corrupt people. Lean into the Wisdom of God and the Power of the Word of God to help you discern what is holy and what is not…