“The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, And a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways.”
Everyone bears fruit in their lives. Fruit is a major evidence of what type of tree we are. You don’t ever wonder about the type of trees in an apple orchard, wandering around aimlessly, asking why all the “oranges” are red and shiny. Only apples grow on apple trees (Matthew 7:16).
You also have been bearing fruit, and it is mushy and rotten. In fact, your soft fruit is strewn all over the ground beneath your branches, a tree doing its best to show off good fruit. You indeed have fruit, but it is the fruit of a backslider.
These words sound harsh, but you need to read them. Everyone else around you, if there are in fact mature Christians who can see your fruit for what it is, already knows the truth about you. You may have put up a good show for others, displaying the better fruit to hide the bruises and soft spots, but you don’t fool God.
And deep down you can’t fool yourself.
You have been here before, wading in the waters of lukewarm or false Christianity. It’s true, you may have arrived here having gone through a valley. But Jesus doesn’t take us to a valley to abandon us. He leads us here so we will cling closely to Him. It’s time to take a look around and turn back to the Lord.
What kind of fruit are you currently bearing? Spend some time today considering how it is that you arrived at this point in your life. What you see may very well be an unpleasant sight. Are you willing to be honest and to do whatever it takes to change?