I often hear so much about good works… Good works, good works, good works. We must have good works! And yes of course we do! But even the prophets are judged by their FRUIT! Not by good works.
So it seems to me, to truly know a follower of Jesus, it is by their fruit that we shall judge. Perhaps it is only by true marriage to the Lamb that true, genuine fruits are possible. When someone is truly walking in that deep intimacy with the Lord, they are unmoved by situation and circumstance which can make our boats move to knock out bad fruit!
If we are not wholly rooted in the ground with Christ, our roots are not deep. Good fruit does not usually grow with shallow roots! And they are more overcome by the weather and wind.
So let us seek FRUIT, not good works alone, and judge our spiritual walk by fruit, not good works. Our good works should come out of a life ridden with much fruit.
“Have you ever noticed the difference in the Christian life between work and fruit? A machine can do work: only life can bear fruit. A law can compel work: only love can spontaneously bring forth fruit. Work implies effort and labor: the essential idea of fruit is that it is the silent natural restful produce of our inner life. The gardener may labor to give his apple tree the digging and manuring, the watering and the pruning it needs; he can do nothing to produce the apple: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, joy.” The healthy life bears much fruit. The connection between work and fruit is perhaps best seen in the expression, “fruitful in every good work.” (Col. 1.10). It is only when good works come as the fruit of the indwelling Spirit that they are acceptable to God. Under the compulsion of law and conscience, or the influence of inclination and zeal, men may be most diligent in good works, and yet find that they have but little spiritual result. There can be no reason but this—their works are man’s effort, instead of being the fruit of the Spirit, the restful, natural outcome of the Spirit’s operation within us.” – Andrew Murray