Scripture: Matthew 7: Verse 16
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught the multitude to be aware of the Pharisees and Sadducees who were hypocrites and false prophets who came to them in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they were ravening wolves.
Jesus admonished the crowd not to imitate the hypocrites who behave like Broadway and Hollywood actors. In public they put on sad countenances when they fast. They wear long faces. They dress to be seen of men and women. In the synagogue they prayed loudly for hours to be heard of men and women; praying how they were not like others before the sight of God. Jumping, shouting and show-boating to get praise from man; but inwardly they were rapacious wolves.
These impostors were so self-centered and self-righteous that in their desire to please man they did not observe the natural law.
Jesus pointed out to them the uniform law of nature. “What you sow is what you reap.” Every tree bears after its own kind. You cannot sow apple seeds and harvest oranges. As is the tree so is the fruit. Every good tree brings forth good fruits but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruits. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. By their fruits you shall know them.
This same principle of the law of the harvest also holds true in the physical, secular and religious worlds. If you sow to the wind you will reap the whirl- wind. An unsaved man cannot perform good works, or bring forth fruits of righteousness acceptable to God. A wicked or unrighteous man will bear fruit according to his evil nature. The evil doer will bear fruit of envy, murder, drunkenness, strife, backbiting, corruption, deceit, gossip, whispering, maliciousness, despiteful, greed and the like. (Rom. 1: 30)
A good man will show forth fruit of good deeds. His appearance, conduct, action, words, habits and his lifestyle will produce good works. Everything he does would demonstrate good deeds of love, joy, peace, goodness, faith, and charity. (Gal. 5:22)
Does anyone recognize you by your fruits?