Fruit accompanying salvation
When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it. Dear friends, even though we are talking this way, we really don’t believe it applies to you. We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation. Hebrews 6:7-9 NLT
A believer’s life is meant to be fruitful. “Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” (Matthew 13:8). God expects that when the works resulting from salvation are put to test, they will prove their high value. “On the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value” (1 Corinthians 3:13). The true follower of Christ will bear fruit reflecting God’s working. Growth takes place because believers keep on soaking their lives in the knowledge of God as revealed from His Word. They live their lives following God by allowing the Holy Spirit produce in them the fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23). Their character and conduct reflect the beauty of the God they serve. The life-giving grace of God poured upon the believer’s life “bears a good crop…it has God’s blessing.” But those that “bears thorns and thistles…is useless.” Not every believer will bear the same amount of fruit. “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” (Matthew 13:23). Let us continue to cultivate our lives making it soft and tender so that when the rain falls it can easily absorb the divine grace of God.