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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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June 22, 2010 - Be Fruitful

By William E. Richardson

Before Jesus left the earth, He promised to go prepare a place for His followers. He said He’d return to get us so we could live with Him forever (John 14:1-3).

Jesus didn’t say He’d prepare a place for all the “good” people in the world or for all those who attended church most Sundays. Jesus didn’t say the future eternal residence would be for all who are devoted to a set of religious traditions.

He did clearly state the importance of living a life devoted to Him (John 14:6).

Plenty of people believe Jesus walked the earth and died on a cross. Still, they don’t practice a seven-day-a-week relationship with Jesus. James reminds us it takes more than hearing a sermon week after week to get to heaven. He said if we hear the Word preached but don’t do it, we deceive ourselves (James 1:22).

To reap spiritual rewards, you must first bear spiritual fruit. True, the thief on the cross trusted Jesus shortly before his death. Others have made deathbed confessions in Christ as Savior. But even those testimonies have impacted other people for the gospel. Jesus said He “appointed” His followers to bear fruit (John 15:16, NKJV).

Many who sit in a pew or a folding chair on Sunday morning go home to change their clothes and the direction of their thoughts for the day. What about the seeds God plants in our hearts during the sermon and the rest of the service? If we take time to water and nourish those seeds by praying about them and acting on them, the seeds can grow into fruit for God.

Anyone who treats Christianity like a hobby will become the fruitless branches Jesus warned about (John 15:2). Bear fruit! Wrap your Christian identity, your life-changing relationship with Jesus, around every part of your life. Let it flow through your every action. Not only will you be changed, but you will help others discover the difference the Savior can make in their lives as well.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and author of the “God’s Billboards” newsletter.

 

 

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