Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18. Psalm 104(105):1-4, 6-9. Matthew 7:15-20.
The Lord remembers his covenant for ever – Psalm 104(105):1-4, 6-9.
‘Beware of false prophets!’ says Jesus. ‘You will know them by their fruits.’
Today there are many people ready to sell shortcuts to fulfilment. Promoted via social media or the tabloid press, self-help gurus often suggest personal, financial or professional gain if you attend their seminar or pay for their subscription service. They may have written a book peddling a sure-fire way to get rid of possessions or offer a webinar series which will ensure ‘financial freedom’ or ‘real estate success.’
Jesus offers deeper satisfaction than any of these. His good tree offers us good fruit: the forgiving kindness of God, a call to discipleship, a guiding law of love. On following him we gradually receive the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Our path is not without its darkness, but we are given the light of his presence as a help and guide. In him alone will we find true fulfilment.