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.”
John the Baptist called for total life repentance, a change of mind, action, thought, etc. This repentance was not here and there. He called for this repentance from even the Jews, who believed that because they were Abraham’s offspring they need not repent, they were already God’s chosen. We find that God could make rocks children of Abraham if He so chose.
Bearing fruit in the life of the truly repentant is evidence but when there is no fruit being produced the tree is chopped down and thrown in the fire. Many then were not producing fruit and many today are not producing fruit. Being a child of Abraham in the Jewish context was not enough. Simply praying a prayer one time is not enough either. It is not enough if you walked away from Jesus after you opened your eyes and deserted Him.
Are our lives producing fruit? Is there is evidence of the Holy Spirit living inside of us? Living in a garage doesn’t make you a car, living in a chicken coop doesn’t make you a chicken, and simply going to church (sometimes) does not make you a Christian.
John the Baptist has a hard message for us all today. John’s baptism was with water but the One coming would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. John was unworthy to even carry His sandals, he was so unworthy to even be a slave of the One coming.
I know that I am unworthy of all that Christ has brought me. I was unworthy of the salvation provided for me. But out of God’s great Love he saved me. He has saved many others too! Thank God today for your salvation! Thank Him for rescuing you! Ask Him how you can serve Him and follow Him minute by minute and day by day.
Let us not live like we are privileged or were owed and deserve this great salvation but let us live lives of thankfulness and humbleness before our Creator Lord and our Savior Jesus.
Open His Word and Enjoy!