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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Simpson

The Real Me

“By their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:16

We recognize people in many ways - their: appearance; voice; mannerisms; signature; stride; and even their driving (‘Jehu drove like a maniac.’ II Kings 9:20). According to Jesus, there is a spiritual test of recognition - our fruit (actions). Anyone can talk a good game, but if the walk doesn’t match, it’s just talk. James 2:19 says, ‘You believe there is one God. Good! Demons believe that - and shudder.’ What this means is belief in God does not necessarily prove a person has faith in Him. Solomon said in Proverbs 26:23, ‘Smooth words may hide a wicked heart, just as a pretty glaze covers a pot.’ Let’s be more than a ‘pretty glaze’. We will be recognized as more than mere glaze when we:


“You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of the light. For the fruit of light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth.” Ephesians 5:8-9

I was once in darkness, now I am light in the Lord. This conversion has taken some time, but my ‘wattage’ is getting stronger as I continue in Christ. Light is preferred over dark, spiritually speaking, because of its value to: purify, comfort; warm; heal; bring hope and clarity. As we follow Jesus, this is who we are to be in the world (my sphere of influence). Light, sunlight more specifically, is a necessity for fruit to grow. In our case, ‘fruit’ is to consist of goodness, righteousness and truth. Imagine the impact our lives collectively could have on people if we lived good, righteous, truth filled lives - they would be saved.


“And find out what pleases the Lord.” Ephesians 5:10

God loves people, all people, and it pleases Him when we love all people like him. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 11:30, ‘The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.’ Living for the Lord actually brings life to the world. II Corinthians 5:9 says, ‘We make it our goal (ambition) to please Him.’ Selfish ambition is not good - ambition to please God is wholly holy. Our world needs more ambitious people whose goal is to live for God.

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