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James 2:18 ” But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”

Just like a good tree will bear good fruit and a bad tree will only produce poor fruit (Matthew 7:16-17)…our walk with the Lord is all about fruit production.   You may have a hundred Bible verses memorized, but if you never put them into usable application…what good are they?  Here James is saying, I will show you my faith by taking what I learned and witnessed about the Lord Jesus Christ and put it into practical action.  In other words,  a work-less faith is a worthless faith when at the end of the day there is no fruit (good works) to show for it.

Colossians 2:6-7 ” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith s you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

Jesus says to us in John 15:4, “Remain in Me, and I will remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.”  For us,  this means being rooted and established in the truth of the Gospel and trusting in the Lord daily.  And from this will come a over-abundance of fruit in our life…of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

Colossians 1:6 ” All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and understood God’s grace in all its truth.”

The Good News of Jesus is for everyone.  It needs to be scattered lavishly and with abandon across the face of the earth.  It needs to flow freely and without hindrance from the four walls of every Church… out to the hurting and lost world.  So why doesn’t it?  Why are we hoarding this treasure,  just allowing it to circle around and around the confines of  our Church rather than setting it free?  Jesus Christ did not tell us to keep the Gospel Message to ourselves…storing it away deep inside, letting no one else hear it.  No, quite the opposite, for in Mark 16:15  Jesus says, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”  The Good News of Jesus is too wonderful…too powerful…too prolific to just squander away.

Mark 4:20 ” Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the Word, accept it, and produce a crop – thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

Again we’re looking at the Parable of the Sower in this verse.  The seed has been sown on good, fertile soil and has not only sprung up readily, but is bearing fruit.  Our Christian walk is not a stagnant journey where we accept the Lord and never grow beyond the “Baby Christian” stage. We need a fruitful heart – a receptive, responsive heart willing to learn and grow.   For the Lord wants us to be ever enlarging…ever growing…ever increasing…ever becoming more like Him.