Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Luke 3:9 (ESV)
There are times when one Word speaks volumes. I came across an image online that tied to a sermon I heard a few days later, that shaped a comment someone shared with me during a conversation this morning. Clearly this is something I need to pray about…Be who you are.
John the Baptist was not a diplomat. In preaching, preparing humanity for Christ, he had a frank perspective on this world in its current, sorry state. Matthew Henry explains,
|Child of God, you must reflect His glory. |
The light does not come from you,
but fail to let it shine
and someone seeking God in you
might not see.
TWEET SOME ENCOURAGEMENT
The guilty, corrupted race of mankind is become a generation of vipers; hateful to God, and hating one another. There is no way of fleeing from the wrath to come, but by repentance; and by the change of our way the change of our mind must be shown. If we are not really Holy, both in heart and life, our profession of religion and relation to God and his church, will stand us in no stead at all; the sorer will our destruction be, if we do not bring forth fruits meet for repentance.
It’s time to make a declaration of intent…it’s time to be who you are.
The length of our days is unknown to us; we should use them well. I don’t ever want to be unclear about that which I believe. As a professed child of God, I have an obligation to reflect His glory. The light does not come from me, but if I fail to let it shine, someone seeking the God in me might not see. We are called to the Great Commission. We have work to do. The warning in failing to do the work in Luke 3:9 is clear…the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I’m not ready for that kind of condemnation, so I’m taking the advice of an online image. I am being who I am; Whose I am.
Who are you?