Proof of Purchase

Matthew 7:15-20 (NIV) - “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO RETURN SOMETHING WITHOUT A RECEIPT?

It can sometimes be a hassle, because your receipt is the easiest way to prove you bought that item at that store. It is your proof of purchase.

Jesus tells the disciples that it is by bearing much fruit that they will “prove to be [his] disciples.” They don’t become his disciples by doing a bunch of good things. Jesus makes this abundantly clear a few verses later, when he says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit” (v. 16).

Fruit does not make a disciple anymore than a receipt makes a purchase. Only Jesus has the ultimate authority to make disciples. But just as your receipt is what proves your purchase, fruit is what proves discipleship. In a perfect world, you’d never make a big purchase without a receipt to accompany that purchase. Even more so, you’ll never find a disciple that does not produce fruit.

Let’s keep doing our part in cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit!

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) -  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Pastor Wes