Matthew 7:20, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”
In order to walk the straight and narrow path (Matthew 7:13) a child of God must follow the steps of Jesus Christ. The person must turn away from the broad way that leads to destruction and choose eternal realities as Jesus did. The choice of eternal realities produce results or rather fruits that endure across the ages and into eternity. This is what the life of Jesus represents. As his followers we are expected to be like him and to produce enduring and acceptable fruits to the Lord.
The most remarkable thing about the life of Jesus is that he bore fruits. Every where darkness existed turned to light at his appearing. He reconciled the world that was in darkness to himself (2 Corinthians 5:19), he healed the sick and cast out demons (Acts 10:38), he maintained a meek and forgiving attitude even in the midst of hostility (1 Peter 2:23) and provided solution to everyone that came into contact with him.
This is why Jesus said that the objective observations of the fruit within the lives of believers are the best criterion for determining whether we are his followers or not. True followers can only be known by their fruits. This is much bigger than the confessions we make; it entails the distribution of life which in turn attracts many to the kingdom of God.
Matthew 7:16-18, “You will [a]fully recognize them by their fruits. Do people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so, every healthy (sound) tree bears good fruit [[b]worthy of admiration], but the sickly (decaying, worthless) tree bears bad (worthless) fruit. A good (healthy) tree cannot bear bad (worthless) fruit, nor can a bad (diseased) tree bear [c]excellent fruit [worthy of admiration]” AMP).
In Luke 6:46-49, Jesus gave an analogy in which he described the end of those who claim to be his but fail to produce acceptable fruits.
Luke 6:46-49, “Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you? For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show you what he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or [a]founded on a rock. But he who merely hears and does not practice doing My words is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.
A man that hears the word of God and does not do them is a man that has no fruit When the end of the age comes, what will matter will not be the confessions made but fruits evidenced by our acts, deeds and works (fruits) and how they transformed lives and turned others from darkness to light.
James 1:22 admonishes us to be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving ourselves. 1 John 3:18 says, “My dear children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but indeed and in truth”
A man that will bear fruit is a man that is determined to do the word of God. Jesus will reward every man according to his works. He says, “By their fruits, ye shall know them”. We are to be known by our fruits. Our words, ways, business and personal relationships must reflect that we are followers of Christ indeed. Let us therefore walk carefully before the Lord recognizing that we shall be judged by our fruits.