I’ve been thinking again and thinking on fruit and action. Exercising and eating are always on my mind but this is not what I mean. Interestingly enough I’m being bombarded by preaching, teaching, and movies that all say the same thing. The movie, “Do you believe?” had a line in it where it was said, “if someone ever accused you of being a Christian would there be enough evidence(fruit) to convict you?” Now, our pastor has been preaching on bearing fruit. Both require belief and both are requiring action. Once you believe and begin to act, know that in 1 Peter it says, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
The devil believes in God and Jesus even more so than you. He has seen and spoken to both. Read Job, as he meets with God and His angels. Read Matthew, as he tempts Jesus. He even quotes Jesus to further tempt Him. So, you believe in Christ, but what are you doing about it?
The devil is clever. His tricks are many. His lies are twisted into believable fallacies. The bible gives him many names but the Greek diabolos translates simply to slanderer or accuser. These translations are words with inherent negative meaning. To slander or accuse is to make a malicious or false statement of someone concerning wrongdoing or error. Probably sounds much like what goes on in our heads from day to day. However, we being of free will have two options in life. One is to focus on our Savior Jesus Christ who said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light!” This is a straight and narrow path that leads to eternal life. The other option is to follow the world. This option is a wide and crooked path that can hold general disbelief, stagnation, confusion, and chaos. This is the path the devil would keep you on. He is known as the prince of the air and god of this world. What should be blatantly obvious is that one is positive and the other negative. One is life and one is most certainly death. The devil knows of both paths. So what does this have to do with fruit, action, the devil, and my thinking?
To bear fruit we have to have a knowledge and wisdom only gained through meditating on scripture and we have to bear relationships with other people, in love. The devil will mess with you and the people in these relationships. In Matthew 18:20 it reads, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” I have a strange feeling the devil isn’t down with fellowship. Again, he is the accuser. So, he will wage war against your attempts at reading scripture. He will fight against any relationship you have or are attempting to make. The devil knows your weaknesses and will make you (and others) well apparent of them. He focuses on the negatives and will make you do the same. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 reads, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” However, he knows even more what you are capable of. He knows of the Power of Christ. Continue reading in 2 Corinthians 4:6 and you find, “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
There it is. There is the answer. If nothing else, get this. “Light shall shine out of the darkness.” We are surrounded by negativity. Negative thought and images are bombarding us every step of the way. Many Christians do not seem any different than their secular counterparts. Yet, “light shall shine out of the darkness.” I challenge you to do just the opposite of the devil. Focus on the positive. Find positive in yourself and others. From there fruit will blossom. Lives will be changed. As 1 Peter 2:12 states, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”