What’s in your heart?
“43 No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. 45 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
Good fruit, bad fruit, I’ve had my share, I’ve been both. Nothing like biting into a nice looking apple only to recoil when it’s all mealy on the inside. Looks nice, but it isn’t.
Atheists rail, wondering how there can be a God if there is so much pain and injustice in his creation. Why would he allow such a thing? Hmm, do you get paid for not working? Do dishes get cleaned if you don’t clean them? Yes, if someone else works and their income is redistributed by government, or if your “maid” cleans the dishes. What does that have to do with pain and injustice? Think about this for a second – what would we be like if there were no pain and injustice? We’d likely be ungrateful, unconcerned, selfish, lazy pigs, living like a welfare king/queen off of redistributed income, but doing it with the blessings God had given us. Life isn’t like that.
We work for things, don’t have them handed to us. There is a whole crap load of good that is done in the world to go along with the bad. God gives us both. It is up to us to do the work, to overcome the bad, the evil, the injustice. It is up to us.
Don’t stand in the sidelines bitching about how bad things are if you don’t raise a finger to do something about it. To often we want to pass the responsibility to someone/something else (most often government) and then wail that nothings getting done. Duh.
What kind of fruit are you really? Where’s your heart at? Are you ready to serve with more than your wallet? Are you ready to do more than bitch and moan? Blessings to all of the people who serve tirelessly to right injustice, to turn bad to good. A continual prayer to everyone who hasn’t, that you scour your heart and find it’s true state and begin to be hands on, and begin serving tirelessly. We are human, not fruit, so we can change. If we are all working to right injustice, where will there be injustice? This is what Christ calls us to do.
If we want good in the world, if we want justice, we have to do the work to get it done.
Remember, what’s in your heart comes out your mouth, shows up in the work your hands do. What’s in your heart?
In His Name,