Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
Fruit is the outward show of the inward working. Fruit doesn’t just appear but grows slowly, over time, when the tree is properly nurtured and fertilized. Fruit is the evidence of a healthy tree, it is the goal and purpose for a fruit tree to produce fruit.
Therefore, if you claim to have repented, to have had a change of heart and mind, that the inward working of the Spirit has changed you and has worked within you, then show it with your life. Let all the world see the difference that Christ has made in you. Continue to be fertilized by the Word and watered by the Spirit so that all will see your good works and glorify your Father that is in heaven (Mt. 5:16).
What am I showing the world around me today? Does my life demonstrate a heart that has been changed? Are my words and actions evidence that the Spirit is at work within me? My answer, not often enough. I still go with the flow. I often look no different than the world around me. Lord have mercy! Work in my heart to produce good fruit, fruit that demonstrates that you can make a difference in a person’s life. I’m not past my fruit bearing years, I want to bear new fruit for you, good fruit, fruit that will last. As Micah Tyler sings,
I wanna be different
I wanna be changed
‘Til all of me is gone
And all that remains
Is a fire so bright
The whole world can see
That there’s something different
So come and be different