Rotten Fruit VS …
It has been said that a picture is worth 1,000 words . . . so in a way, my blog today doesn’t need much to be added . . . BUT . . . I do wish to give you some scripture references to help you ponder the meaning behind todays subject and the photos here.
Malachi 1:6-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
Polluted Offerings – “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts to you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’ “You offer defiled food on My altar, but say, ‘In what way have we defiled You?’ by saying, ‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.’ And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts. “But now entreat God’s favor, that He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, will He accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts. “Who is there even among you who would shut the doors, so that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain? I have no pleasure in you,” says the Lord of hosts, “Nor will I accept an offering from your hands. For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations,” says the Lord of hosts. “But you profane it, in that you say, ‘The table of the Lord[a] is defiled; And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’
Questions – is our worship “lip service”? Or, is it genuinely from the heart? Do we sing the songs at church with our complete focus on the Lord, or on people around us (or circumstances that our brains are trying to process from things happening during the week)? Is our praise and worship to our King sweet? Or is our offering a plate of rotten fruit?
Are we walking the walk or just talking the talk? Not only in our worship to the Lord, but also as His representatives here – how are we living our lives? What kind of fruit are we offering not only to God but to those around us?
⇒ SO . . .
If we truly love the Lord, are we conscious of what it is that our lives are offering up to Him? Or, are we going along day to day with our actions not exactly reflecting His love and His glory? Sure, we may ‘say’ the right things. We may even ‘do’ some acts that may appear to be those of a good strong Christian . . . but . . . REMEMBER . . . God looks at the inside of us! Our hearts! Our innermost being. Our inner attitudes. The good, the bad . . . He sees and knows how we really are and who we really are INSIDE – when no one is watching us, observing our behaviors, monitoring our speech – He ALWAYS sees!
2 Samuel 16:7 NKJV – But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Another very important ‘fruit’ issue is our inner attitudes. The Lord addresses this point very plainly. Read and contemplate if/how you see yourselves in the two following passages:
Romans 12:3 NKJV – For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (then the Apostle Paul goes on to say WHY in the following verses).
Luke 14:7 – 11 NKJV – So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Dear ones, when we see ourselves as more important – we are NOT walking according to God’s Word! We need a different heart attitude – a different perspective – HIS!!! My prayer is that I may have God’s eyes to see, His heart of compassion, His understanding, His ears to hear the cry of the people’s’ heart! Only then can I get my attitude to line up with His Word and truly walk in His love towards others. Then and only THEN will the fruit my life offers be fresh, inviting and full of nourishment to those around me!
©klh 4-Given Ministries