My friend, may I ask you a question? If you have a deep faith in Christ but have never put it to work telling others about him, is your faith in a real danger in and of itself? When faith exists but never does, is it pretty to look at, but essentially meaningless without the fruit of that faith?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
It’s spring and the plum trees are blooming in our roadside orchard. The trees are gorgeous as they blossom out in a profusion of pink-tinted, white blossoms. Literally each tree must have thousands of blossoms. Yet, despite their beauty, I worry this year for the plum harvest. Even though I know that probably only one out of fifty blossoms actually bears fruit on these trees, in a good year we ought to be harvesting hundreds of plums. But this year there is a concern; a lack of pollinating bees in the area. The bee population in general is down right now and there will likely be fewer bees visiting the pollen-laden blossoms this year. That could mean a lot of beauty but not a whole lot of fruit.
Although plum blossoms are beautiful, it’s the fruit that blesses the tree and becomes the real beauty in our orchard.
Here’s a story: Sodium is an extremely active element found naturally only in combined form; it always links itself to another element. Chlorine, on the other hand, is the poisonous gas that gives bleach it offensive odor. When sodium and chlorine are combined, the result is sodium chloride—common table salt—the substance we use to preserve meat and bring out its flavor. Love and truth can be like sodium and chlorine. Love without truth is flighty, sometimes blind, will- ing to combine with various doctrines. On the other hand, truth by itself can be offensive, sometimes even poisonous. Spoken without love, it can turn people away from the gospel. When truth and love are combined, however, we have what Jesus called “the salt of the earth,” and we’re able to preserve and bring out the beauty of our faith. (David H. Johnson)
If you have a deep faith in Christ but have never put it to work telling others about him, you have a faith that can be a real danger in and of itself. Faith that is but never does, is like those plum trees in our orchard; pretty to look at but, essentially, meaningless without the fruit of that faith. A genuine faith is a faith that is a combination of a love for Christ and the willingness to put that love into action. Like sodium and chloride, faith alone and works alone is unstable, even volatile. But, put your faith to work. When God walks in the garden of His creation may He find satisfying fruit on the tree of your faith and not just empty leaves and stale blossoms.
We pray. Dear Lord, may our faith always be a faith that is as useful and consequential as a faith that is beautiful and inspiring to behold. Help us Lord to discover a faith in Jesus Christ that will bear fruit in our lives, touching others with the love of Christ emanating from our words and actions. We want to be fruitful Christians, not just window dressing for the gospel. Forgive us when we become complacent in our faith, willing to talk a good talk without the motivation to walk a good walk . In Jesus Name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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