John 15:8 “Bearing Fruit”
This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.
Why are Christians so unfairly put under a microscope? Why is it that when a Christian messes up, everyone rushes to judgment and is very critical of them? As Christians, we know we are still sinful and imperfect human beings, but others view “Christians” as people who think they are better than others. We know that’s BS, but the evil one just loves highlighting every mistake a believer makes, once again selling the “sin is in” story and trying to make us look bad, just like them.
This same hyper-sensitivity parents have to their children’s actions and reputations is because parents know the ramifications of a bad reputation. The bad news is your family name is quickly damaged by even the smallest screw ups. The good news is people forget the past very quickly, IF that bad action or mistake wasn’t taken against them!
Life is like a bank account. We make deposits, (good deeds done for the right loving reason) and withdrawals, (sin and bad deeds that hurt ourselves and others). But, Jesus taught us that our lives’ actions are to glorify God our Father; we bear good fruit; we leave a trail of goodness, service, generosity and sharing God’s love. Corny sounding stuff to you tough guys? Not at all. You can do great things while you build a business (create jobs, deal fairly at all times with clients, provide extra service at all times, be humble, etc.). You can do great things as a leader and a teacher. (Teach people the right way to act, be good stewards with every action, study and keep learning, then share and help others, etc.)
As Christians, we need to make lots of deposits, and try to eliminate withdrawals whenever possible. Is it fair we’re judged on a tougher scale? Maybe not, but isn’t it worth earthly success and eternal life to have people judge us a little more harshly? The sooner we grow up and start understanding the responsibilities we have as Christian leaders, the sooner we feel congruence, meaning and fulfillment in our lives, not perfect, just Christian’s making it obvious we’re different; saved shows fruit and lost just flounders with loser’s excuses. Everyone makes mistakes, winners just learn from them faster!!
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”