When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee the coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones. Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.” The crowds asked, “What should we do?” John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.” Luke 3:7-11
- Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins
- Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire
- Give to the poor . . . help those in need
Saying that I’m a Christian doesn’t make me a Christian.
Getting baptized doesn’t make me a Christian.
Repenting of my sins, turning to God, and putting my faith in Jesus makes me a Christian. And if I’ve truly turned from my sins and am following God, my behavior will show it. I’ll love others. I’ll care for the poor and needy. Just like Jesus did.
My actions aren’t the measuring stick that God will use to let me into heaven.
But my actions are a litmus test so I can see the true condition of my heart.