Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 5/24/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 3:10 “Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever your roots. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.”

There are many who preach and teach a fruitless Christianity. They say that how you live and what you do doesn’t really matter much if you accept Jesus as your Savior. They say salvation without sanctification is all that you need to get into heaven. They claim that because we have eternal life in Christ we don’t have to do much or be much in order for us to make it.

But, God’s Word speaks often of fruitful Christian living. There is a strong message from God about living holy lives and producing much good fruit. How we live and what we do does matter to God. He expects His children to live like they are His children. He holds us accountable for our sins and what we do with our salvation. Jesus emphasized over and over again the need to show through what we do the genuiness of our faith. He made a bold statement in our verse for today that anyone who is His who does not produce good fruit will be cut off from Him and thrown into the fire.

There is no such thing as a fruitless Christian and no such thing as a Christian producing bad fruit. We need to take this seriously. Living in Christ results in a life that pleases God. It draws others to God through the things we say and do. It is very dangerous thinking to say that our living doesn’t really matter once we are saved. A child of God will live like a child of God!

Be warned! If you are not producing good fruit, you will be cut off and thrown into the fire. Good fruit is godly fruit. It is not just what we do, it’s who we are. It should be evident that we are producing the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) in our lives. If we are becoming a people after God’s own heart, we will back up our faith with our works. Faith without works is dead.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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