Matthew 7:17 (New International Version)
Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
Somebody's always watching...
Imagine for a moment that the government has been following your every move for the past six months. And now, an official representative of the government is at your door with the announcement...
"You are under arrest!"
The charge? That you are a Christian.
Your trial begins and one by one the prosecution calls to the witness stand those who know you best. First, there are your spouse and children who are asked to share what you say and do around the house. Then, they call your mom and dad and other relatives to testify. Your neighbors, friends and co-workers are all asked to tell what they know about you.
But it doesn't end there. The prosecution also brings to the stand some casual acquaintances that you barely even know...
...and they are all asked what they know about you. Folks like the cashier from the grocery store, your barber, the gas station attendant, the video store clerk and your accountant - they are all asked to take the stand and give an account of what you say and do. They talk about the kinds of movies you rent, the way you conduct your business and everything they know about your life.
Then, the prosecution calls their secret weapons to the stand...
...some people that you have never even seen before!
These people announce that they do not know you, but they have seen you around. The elderly lady that pulled out in front of you on the highway and then drove 10mph is called. So is the guy who watched and listened as you smacked your thumb with the hammer while you were making a repair. People who stood in front of you in line at Wal-Mart while the cashier's light blinked on and off for ten minutes while a price check was being conducted.
Yep, the prosecution called all of the people who watch you from a distant. You may not even know them, but they have overhead all of the things you said in private and saw all the things in your life that you thought no one else saw.
One by one they are called - all to testify on what they have seen you do and heard you say. They give an account of your life.
The jury leaves for a private room to determine the verdict. My question is...
....would they have enough evidence to convict you?
Would you close friends and relatives, casual acquaintances and business associates, folks you don't even know - would they all agree in unison, "Yes, you are a Christian?" Do they all know where you stand because of the way you live your life?
If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
My brethren, may we live our lives in such a way that the jury would find it easy to return an emphatic verdict of...
...guilty as charged!
Dear Lord we pray that there would be enough evidence to show that we are a Christian. We pray that we would live our life in a way that would give no doubt that we are Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.