Emmet Fox - July 20 Bearing Fruit
Read Matthew 7:15-20
If man really were left without a simple practical test of religious truth, he would assuredly be in a sad plight - but happily this is not the case. Jesus, the most profound, and at the same time the most simple and practical teacher the world has ever known, has provided for this need, and has given us a universally applicable test for truth. It is as simple and direct as the acid test for gold. It is the simple question--Does the truth work in our lives? This test is so staggeringly simple that most clever people have passed it over. Truth heals the body, purifies the soul, reforms the sinner, solves difficulties, pacifies strife. There is no such thing as undemonstrated understanding. If you wish to know how you really stand spiritually, look about you at your environment, beginning with the body. There can be nothing in the soul that is not demonstrated sooner or later in the outer, and there can be nothing in the outer that does not find some correspondence in the inner. By their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:20)
We certainly cannot expect to go on breaking the laws of the plane on which we live, and expect prayer to compensate for this foolishness. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
As I have said before, Emmet Fox is a favorite of mine because his writings are so practical, so convicting. As most of us around here are finding our way when it comes to health and fitness we need to take these words to heart and think on a deeper level about truth. Who doesn't know the truth about gluttony and its consequences but do we understand, are we demonstrating this truth? Do we think we will be spared the consequences of not living the truth that we want to believe we understand? Maybe we don't understand after all? If we truly understand would weight loss and fitness be such a struggle, such an on again off again undertaking? Are we just giving lip service to this?
The fruits of some bloggers tell us they really don't understand. Sometimes I have produced fruit that showed I didn't really know the truth or care about the truth because I was being too proud to admit my lack of conviction. We are all good at the talk but how about the walk?
Let's align ourselves with the truth, look at our bodies for the fruit of what we are demonstrating, and decide if our inner world and our outer world are matching up - they always do eventually.
Be careful out there today.