If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
1 In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and
saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was
spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” 4 John’s clothes were
made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts
and wild honey. 5 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the
whole region of the Jordan. 6 Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the
Jordan River. 7 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? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 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. 10 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. 11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me
comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He
will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and
he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the
chaff with unquenchable fire.”
1. Religious leaders believed they were saved by righteous living. When John told
them to bear fruit in keeping with repentance (v8) he was telling them to change
their mind about their need for a savior and teach others to do the same.
2. Salvation is not a fruit bearing event. When Jesus enters a life by faith, he does a
fundamental transformation of heart and behaviour. Salvation goes hand in hand
with actually living it out. Bearing fruit comes after we’re saved as we influence
others through our changed attitude and behavior, and by implementing the
Lord’s plans for our life.
3. How many times have you tried to change and only to be back at the same old
habits and lifestyle as before? Quit what you’re doing and look at what God is
doing inside and out; and choose to rely on the Spirit to transform you.
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 1:10-14
What is REPENTANCE? Who needs it? Why? How and when do we repent?
What happens when we repent? Lead the family in a prayer of confession and
repentance and ask God to help each one to “produce fruit in keeping with