Do You Have Kingdom Fruit? (Through the Gospels)
"So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit." ^Matthew 7:17-18
Ask yourself, “What do I do sporadically versus what do I do consistently?” This can be a very insightful question to ask yourself in order to see what fruit is really evident in one’s life. Anyone can do something driven by momentary passion but what a man or woman does on a consistent basis reveals the true character of that individual.
A false disciple versus a true disciple is seen by the lasting and consistent actions of a believer. Jesus wants us to make a distinction between bad and good fruit. A false disciple may appear to have fruit but the fruit is inconsistent, unhealthy and at times even deceptive.
A true disciple’s fruit is steadfast, healthy and true. This is the test of one’s true love for the Lord! It is not what they say, not what they know, but how they live. The way they live and the fruit that they bear will bear witness to whom they truly follow.
Jesus makes clear that a true disciple will bear good and lasting fruit. This is important not only for your personal life, but as a grid for you to discern who is truly spiritual. Nowadays, there are a lot of people who can talk very well. People who sound like they have real spiritual insight and knowledge. However, Jesus says look at the fruit of their lives to test to see if they are a true disciple. Do not listen or follow anyone. If you are going to be mentored or discipled by someone, make sure it is someone who bears Kingdom fruit in their lives!