DayBreaks for 05/16/12 – No Proclamation Needed
Matthew 7:16 (NLT) – You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
John 13:35 (NLT) – Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
The visitors walked through the orchard, among the trees heavy with ripe, juicy apples. The branches drooped down toward the earth from the weight of their fruit. The farmer, who has lovingly cared for the trees for many years, smiles with delight as he leads the tour. He explains how he has carefully cared for each tree, pruning it so that it would give its best yield. There is one thing that he did not inform the group. He did not tell them that this was an apple orchard. There was no need. The orchard was filled with apple tress. The fruit made it obvious.
Have you noticed how some people are so quick to profess and proclaim their Christianity? I know that we are to confess and be witnesses, but have you ever felt that some folks were working hard to make it obvious by telling everyone about their faith and commitment? It is almost as if they are trying to convince not only others, but themselves, about their faith.
If asked, we should proclaim our allegiance. If persecuted, we should hold tight to our confession. But in everyday life, we shouldn’t have to say a word because it should be clear to everyone, obvious even, Who we belong to by the fruit we bear and the love we have for one another. Does that describe you?
PRAYER: May our walk with you be so close that there will never be any reason for someone to question who is the Lord of our life! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya. We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids. If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans
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