Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Luke 3:9-11 -- On Avoiding the Axe

"And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise."
Luke 3:9-11

In the first verse of this selection God compares us to trees.  This is done elsewhere in the scriptures as well, basically saying that by the fruits of the tree (our actions), we can know whether we are good or bad.  Even if we have good roots (good intentions or good upbringing), if what is in our hearts doesn't actually make it into our actions, then our fruit is still bitter, and as in this selection, we are in danger of getting cut down.
Luckily, these verses offer additional insight into how to avoid the axe.  What actions should we be doing?  We should be sharing our abundance with people in need.  Today, let's make sure our good intentions make it outside our brains and into our actions.  Let's share what we have and enrich the lives of others. :)

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