“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
My question is this: how many times do we rely on where we came from, who we know, and the things we learn to sustain us in our faith and assurance for where we are going? I know for me personally, it’s far too often. I get distracted in things that essentially good, yet once I get distracted by them, they take my focus off of where it should be. The only One that deserves it.
How often do we rely on our stature to be enough proof of our faith, when it should be our deeds and actions that do the talking? Thank God for his never-failing love and grace. Without it, I would be worse off than I actually am. Thank God that He looks at the place where no one else does…the heart.