Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Few Christians Bring Fruit to Maturity. And They Think God Will Spare Them the Judgment?


Few Christians Bring Fruit to Maturity. And They Think God Will Spare Them the Judgment?

Well praise Jesus today everyone. The topic I wanted to speak about today is bringing sinners to repentance and bearing good fruit. See not a lot of Christians are bearing good fruit or bringing others to repentance A lot of us have become too timid to share our faith or scared what other people think, worried about the things of the world. And because these things have become in our life so big and Jesus so small, we can't produce fruit. Now a lot of people especially in America have heard the gospel. They're not ignorant of what the Bible teaches, they're not ignorant of what Jesus said in the Gospels. They haven't had the gospel immediately snatched away from them. They have grown to some sort of maturity in their life. But as they walk forward in life, they started to lose their faith. The devil started to ebb away at them. And instead of bearing more good fruit they started bearing less in the things of this world, got the best of them. Now we know what good fruit is, we know what the fruit of the Holy Spirit is, but what it basically comes down to is living holy, being separate from things in the world that are truly ungodly and making disciples for Jesus Christ.

I want to read to you the parable of the four soils and you will see which soil you belong to. You will see what soil you are like or what soil the nation we live in is like. 4And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.6Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.8But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.”

When he had said these things, he cried he who has an ear to hear let him hear. Then his disciples asked him saying, what does this parable mean?”

10And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that

‘Seeing they may not see,

And hearing they may not understand.’

See this right here is an interesting reason that Jesus speaks to people in parables. There are a lot of pastors and teachers and Christians that think that Jesus spoke to people in parables to help them understand but actually it was for the exact opposite reason. He spoke in parables that people that wanted to hear would seek more and that people that didn't hear would just walk away and they wouldn't understand anything. Because the gospel is very precious it is not to be thrown to pigs. But a lot of Christians want the gospel to be for pigs. They dumb down the gospel. They mix the gospel with lies and they make the gospel something that people with itching ears want to hear. It is the money gospel the gospel that says, “Just seek after riches, seek after your own pleasure, seek after your own lusts, chase what you want to chase, and in the end God will let you into heaven also.

Jesus calls us to truly deny ourselves, pick up our cross and to be unashamed of standing for the truth, to be uncompromising. But sadly, most Christians have compromised their faith. And instead of growing with Jesus and spreading the gospel, they're now just spreading flat-out lies. So Jesus goes on to explain this parable.

11“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.12Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

This is the person who hears the gospel and immediately turns their back, they say, “Well, I was born homosexual, I will never listen to the truth of God”, I was born that way, I will not repent. Satan immediately snatches away the gospel and they don't even listen to one message of any messenger of God who speaks the gospel.

13But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.

So we all know this sort of Christian or this sort of person, they're the people who we share the gospel with, and at first when they hear this gospel they're very excited to hear it. But because they have no depth in Jesus, they don't really want to walk with the Lord. As soon as just a very basic temptations of this world come, they walk away from the truth for the next big thing for the next fad.

“14Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.”

Guys, I think this represents most of all of Christians. It represents most all of America. Because America has heard the gospel, they have went out already to try to spread the gospel, they have started churches, they've started families, they have started a way of life, they have started their traditions, but then what crept in is all the cares of the world riches, the pleasures of life. And with all of these pleasures of life and all the cares of the world has brought upon them no ability to bear good fruit, so they're not bringing fruit to maturity. We have to be very careful not to allow the pleasures of life and the money that we're making and the things that we enjoy doing to choke out the Word of God.

Are we bringing sinners to repentance? Are we talking to our neighbor about Jesus Christ or are we more concerned about the things of this life? Most Americans are very concerned about what's happening on TV, their favorite sport, their hobbies, their education, what's happening at the workplace. And because they're so concerned about these things Jesus Christ is not their center. He's not the center of their conversation. He's not the center about what they're thinking of. They're not seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Now obviously guys it's not wrong to run, to be an athlete, to participate in sports in high school or in college, I have done all of those things. But it is wrong to take your eyes off of the kingdom of God and to let these things overtake you as most Christians have. If you're not sure the difference between seeking first the kingdom of God and allowing something in the world to take over your life, you need to ask Jesus is, what I'm participating in is it beneficial for the kingdom of God? I'm playing soccer. Is this good for the kingdom of God or is it taking me away from heaven? I'm participating in in sports in high school, maybe track, maybe basketball. Are these things good for my spiritual health? Am I growing with Jesus in these things or are they causing me to be unfruitful? Am I falling away from the kingdom of God because I'm being influenced by peers that are taking me away from the kingdom of God or is it really an opportunity for me to share my faith about Jesus? Am I living a life that I'm not compromising in talking about Jesus and growing in my faith? So each of us in our own hearts have to address that to see if we really are for Jesus in these things or if we're being choked out by the things in the world.

But finally Jesus says, “15But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”

This is the sort of fruit we want to be. We want to bear good fruit and we want to be diligent to bring that fruit to complete maturity. So few of us are bringing our faith to complete maturity. We get stunted in kindergarten or in first grade and although we grow to be complete men in the world or complete women in the world, spiritually we're still infants or kindergartners or third graders. And this is a big problem, because the only one who makes it into God's eternal kingdom is the one who brings fruit to full maturity. So ask yourself, are you bringing spiritual fruit to full maturity? Are you living holy? Are you separate to serve the Lord? Are you separate from things of the world? Are you bearing good fruit by bringing people to repentance? Or are you ashamed of the gospel? Are you ashamed to speak out for Jesus Christ? Are you stunted in your faith? So ask yourself this question and then figure out how you can overcome. Because we want to be those who overcome with Jesus not those who are bogged down by the things of the world, ashamed of the gospel, too timid to stand for what matters, or just simply bogged down by work or by relationships in this world, by things that seem good on the outside but ultimately are keeping us from growing in our faith with Jesus.

So I want to pray for those of you who are hearing this message and want to overcome, you want to bear good fruit, you want to live holy and be righteous, you want to make disciples. So, Lord Jesus I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord who want to overcome Satan in your name, who want to overcome the temptations of flesh that lead to evil and ultimately physical and spiritual death. I pray that my fellow brothers and sisters in your true church would repent of any sin that's in their life, drugs, alcohol, impure relationships, sex outside of marriage, all the things that cause us to stumble in worldliness. We pray that we can sanctify ourselves to be separate from the world, that we can be unstained from the world, touch nothing that is unclean in the world and that everything that we participate in would be something that would bring you glory in your kingdom. We pray to stay separate from everything that's ungodly and we want to make sure that we don't join ourselves with sinners, with people that are ungodly, that people that are wicked and cause us to fall into all sorts of sin and temptations. We pray to stay separate that we can be used for your purpose, that we can burn our bridges with the devil and with the evil empire, that we can be holding fast to the truth in your kingdom and the children of the light that truly bear good fruit for you Lord. So help us to overcome in your name, let us cast out demons in your name, heal the sick in your name and do good for you every day, preaching righteousness, living holy, making disciples and always seeking first your kingdom Lord. So please grant that more people can come into faith and do good for you, that we may be the children of the light and completely enter into your kingdom with our white robes. In your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen.